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How to Remove a Whitco Security Door Lock Without a Key

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If you’re looking for a way to remove a Whitco security door lock without a key, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do just that.


Regardless of the reason, if you own a Whitco Security Door Lock, you may find yourself needing to remove it-either temporarily or permanently. Before we get into how to remove a Whitco Security Door Lock without a key, let’s touch on some of the important considerations when removing any type of security lock or door hardware.

First and foremost-safety. You must be aware that your actions need to adhere to safety regulations, especially if the door is part of an apartment building or any other multi-family dwelling. Make sure when attempting any kind of removal that safety comes first and that local codes and laws are being followed.

Second, replacement parts should be readily available before beginning any kind of removal process. The wrong part could cause lasting damage to replacements and potentially be hazardous for many reasons (such as incorrect hole placement for a dead bolt). It is always better to purchase the right parts before starting in order save time, energy and money down the line.

Tools Needed

A Whitco security door lock can be difficult to open without a key, but with the right tools it can be done. The necessary tools to aid in opening a Whitco security door lock without a key include a hammer, a flathead screwdriver, and a drill. Once the right tools are present, you can follow the steps below to open the lock without a key.


Using a typical flat head or Phillips-head screwdriver, you will be able to remove the screws from the exterior of the locking mechanism. Once all of the screws have been removed, you may need to use some force to pop off the exterior plate in order to access the interior of the lock. Use caution when doing this, as there may be additional small pieces that come loose as well. Once inside, locate and unlock any additional bolts that are keeping the inner mechanism locked shut. Depending on your model, there may be multiple hidden screws and bolts that need to be found and unscrewed before you can access the internal workings of your Whitco security door lock.

Allen key

When you’re ready to remove a Whitco security door lock, you will need an Allen key. An Allen key is an L-shaped wrench with a hexagonal-shaped tip. This type of tool is most commonly used to substitute for a socket set when working on smaller components and requires only minimal strength to turn it. It is important that the correct size of Allen key be used in order to avoid damage or stripping of the screw heads during installation or removal. In this case, a 7/64″ Allen Key should be employed when removing the Whitco security door lock.


Pliers are a must-have when it comes to removing a Whitco security door lock without a key. You should select pliers with a gripping head so that it can easily latch onto the cylinders in the lock. A gripping surface is also helpful so that it does not slip off and cause damage to the lock or surrounding surfaces. It is important to note that heavier gauge tools are needed depending on the height of the door and thickness of the metal used on the cylinder pins. Additionally, if you have extended-reach screws, you will need additional tools such as nut drivers and philips head screwdrivers.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Having a Whitco Security Door Lock without a key can be frustrating if you need to gain access to the door. However, with the right tools, you can easily remove the lock without having to break the door. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to remove a Whitco Security Door Lock without a key. We will also provide information on other options you can consider if this method does not work for you.

Remove the screws from the door handle

To start the process to remove a Whitco security door lock without a key, you must first locate the screws holding the door handle in place. Depending on your model, there are typically two or three screws which need to be removed. To make it easier to identify the screws, many models will have an imprinted arrow next to them indicating which direction they should be loosened. Utilize a Phillips head screwdriver for these steps. Once all of the screws are removed, carefully take off the door handle and set aside on a flat surface.

Unscrew the backplate of the lock

In order to remove the security door lock without a key, the first step is to unscrew the backplate of the lock. The number of screws can vary according to your installation and model, but you should find at least two screws, one situated towards the top and one towards the bottom of the backplate. Using a flat head screwdriver or similar tool, unscrew these screws in order to remove them from the panel and discard them as they will no longer be needed. Once all screws have been removed from both sides of the panel, use your hands to slide out or pull off the backplate from its mounting.

Remove the lock body

Removing a Whitco security door lock without a key takes some finessing and patience, but the process is doable with the right tools. Start by using a drill to remove the screws on the edge of the door that secure the lock body in place. Once these are removed, you will be able to slide out the lock body from its housing in the door. Make sure that you take note of which side of the lock body has any metal inserts as this will be important for re-installing your replacement lock.

Use an Allen key to remove the lock cylinder

Using an Allen key is a simple way to remove a Whitco security door lock without a key. This method works on many different Whitco security door models, including the ERA 4 and ERA 6 ranges. Before you begin, make sure that the Allen key you are using fits the screws in the lock cylinder.

To begin, remove the screws that secure the cylinder with your Allen wrench. In most cases, these screws will be located on either side of the lock. Once all of the screws have been removed, gently pull away from both sides of the cylinder casing until it begins to come free from its housing. You may need to use some gentle force here; just be careful not to damage any parts of your security door lock as you loosen it from the casing. After removing the cylinder, turn it counterclockwise until it reaches its end-stop point and then remove it from its housing for further examination or replacement if necessary.

Use pliers to remove the retaining clip

If you have lost your key to your Whitco Security Door Lock, it can be challenging to gain entry. However, there is a way to accomplish this without damaging the door. To start the process, you need a pair of pliers and a flathead screwdriver.

Using the pliers, grip the round retaining clip at the barrel of the lock. Then turn it counterclockwise until it comes out of its mounting position within the lock. The clip should release an internal spring-loaded component that is located beneath the clip.

Once that component has been released, use your screwdriver to remove the securing screws around the edges of the lock body and remove it completely from your door. Now you should be able to access the mechanism inside and operate your locks without a key!

Remove the lock cylinder

Removing a Whitco security door lock without a key requires you to take apart the lock cylinder. Start by taking off the screws that hold the trim plate to the face of the door using a Phillips head screwdriver.

Once you have removed the trim plate, you should have access to remove the mounting screws that secure the lock cylinder in place. Remove these screws and then pull out the cylinder using pliers. Now that the cylinder is out, use a drill bit larger than 1/8-inch to drill through one of its sides until it can easily be pulled out.

Finally, take off all parts of your Whitco security door lock and dispose of them as appropriate. Once everything has been dismantled, you will be able to access your door and open it without needing a key or any other special tools for removal.


For all your Whitco security door lock needs, you’ll want to keep in mind the right tools and techniques. If you don’t have a key and need to remove a Whitco lock, using a drill, flat head screwdriver, hammer and chisel might be necessary. Firstly, try loosening your screws to unscrew the latch mechanism. If this doesn’t work, you should use the drill bit size that corresponds with the type of security screw used on your door frame. Inserting it into the head of each screw will force them out of their slots. You then should use a chisel to remove any remaining pieces from their slots on the frame. Once these pieces are removed from the frame, unlocking your door is possible by inserting a flat head screwdriver into the latch mechanism itself and turning it counterclockwise until it is fully released from its catch point inside. With these methods in mind as well as caution when handling your door locks for removal or installation or repair, Whitco security doors will offer reliable protection for many years to come!

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