Does anyone know how to pick the lock on the tire spike lock that I acquired at a recent sale? I've had it to several good locksmiths and they can't pick the lock so as to make a key for it.
The lock is a Corbin lock and they have a key that will fit the groves in the lock but can't seem to get this thing to open up. Sorry the name tag for the mfg has been removed and only the rivets remain.
Can they drill this lock and put in a new cylinder?
I think you need to find a locksmith who likes a challenge. Don't drill it until you have a replacement cylinder. Corbin padlocks were real common at one time, say 50 years ago.
Tom, were your locksmiths old guys or young guys? If they can't help you on something that simple, I wouldn't call them locksmiths, just lock replacers. I would think that any locksmith worth his salt could fix you up. JMHO. Dave
Both guys are older in their late 60's or mid 70's and have done other hard locks for me before. I agree, I won't drill it until I've had it to several other people. There is a large shop in Omaha that I will take it to next. They say in their ads that "they can pick any lock" so we're going to find out.
I looked at it very closely last night and there is a little movement in the locking mechanism. I was able to determine the non key end protrudes into the key side. Does anyone know what they look like on both ends when they are open, any pictures?
Tom. I will be unavailable until next week but I am sure I can help get you in the right direction. I have about 50 of these and many have required opening and re-keying. Further I use a locksmith locally that is reasonable to use. Dave.
Tom. I forgot to add... Do not drill it. It can be saved and made fully functional
Super cool accessory! I hope you get it in working order.
I had 2 of those that did not have keys. I brought them to an old time locksmith and he worked on them for a bit and told me the tumblers were frozen and he could not free them up. I took them back and soaked them in penetrating oil for months adding fluid as it evaporated. I then brought them back to the locksmith and he was able to pick the locks and make up keys without a problem. I have a third one that someone drilled out and replaced at some point. It works but it just isn't the same so don't give up on using your lock.
Tom. I am now back and am checking if the locksmith in Omaha was able to help you. Let me if I can still help walk you through this process. Dave.
The message should read 'let me know' if...... Sorry. Dave.
Dave, I have been soaking the tumblers in Kroil and using my best tool in the tool box - TIME. I always try to explain to people that the part didn't get stuck overnight, and you sure won't get it loose overnight. For now, I will just apply a few drops of Kroil every other day or so. I will probably take it into Omaha in a week or two or when I run out of Kroil. Hope it doesn't take the whole gallon of stuff I have. Actually, this is the best stuff I have found to loosen parts, and I only apply a drop or two at a time. It has loosened some pretty stuck parts for me over the years.
I have one with the same story! Please keep us updated on your results!
I would like to get mine fixed as well, but have had no luck with the local locksmiths. 2 older, one younger!
Tom. I sure hope that will work where they can pick the lock. My experience has been that you will end up removing the cylinder and having the pins re-keyed and new keys made. The lock cylinder can be removed for this so don't drill out the lock. If I can help let me know. Dave.
Dave, I sent you a PM.
Brian, a reply is in your inbox. Dave.
I always thought these were a traction device. Ha, Ha.
Dave, how do you get the lock cylinder out of the body of the unit? Neither locksmith could see any retainers that hold the cylinder in.
Some locks, including older GM glove compartment locks, have a spring loaded tab deep inside, just a little farther in than the key reaches.
There is a special tool to hook the tab, pull it down about 1/16th inch and remove the cylinder.
Just don't do what DA did,he put it on his wheel and then forgot about it. Cost him three spokes to learn..