How to reset combination padlocks
Let Locks Direct guide you through these general easy steps to reset combination padlocks, which will vary depending on the padlock brand and model.
Resetting combination padlocks (also known as a ‘multi-dial lock’) means clearing the current combination and setting a new one so that you can save the lock and use it again. Resettable combi locks allow the code to be changed at any time.
1. Set the dials to the current combination
Make sure you know the current combination if it’s still set. Set the dials to the current combination to open the padlock. If you don’t know the current combination, contact the manufacturer’s customer support or a professional locksmith for assistance.
2. Find the reset hole or button
To start the resetting process, press and hold down the reset button. Your combination lock could have a small reset slot or hole instead - insert a reset tool (also known as a ‘change code key’). There may be a thin metal special tool supplied by the manufacturer, or use a straightened paper clip. Put it into the hole and push it in until you feel resistance. Then rotate the tool 90 degrees in either direction and you should hear or feel a click.
If you can’t see a reset hole or button on your padlock, check the lock’s manual or manufacturer’s website for specific instructions on where the reset mechanism is located on your particular padlock.
3. Set the new combination
While holding the reset button or tool in the reset hole, turn the combination dials to the new combination that you require. Choose a numeric sequence that you can remember but isn’t easy for people to guess. When the new combination has been set, release the reset button or remove the tool from the reset hole by turning the tool 90 degrees again.
4. Test the new combination
Close the padlock and scramble the dials. Enter your new combination and try to open the padlock. Make a note of your new combination in a safe and secure place. Consider providing a spare copy of the new combination to someone you trust, in case you forget it. Make sure that children who may need the code are made aware of the importance of keeping it private.
Remember, these steps are general guidelines and may be slightly different depending on the brand, model or type of lock. If, for instance, there’s no reset hole or button or you don’t know the current combination, contact the manufacturer’s customer support or a professional locksmith for assistance.
Combination padlocks at Locks Direct
Combination padlocks are a keyless solution providing convenient yet reliable security - great for luggage, gates and gym lockers. Here at Locks Direct, we pride ourselves on our extensive selection of combination padlocks, from brands such as Squire and ABUS, to suit all purposes.
Top five benefits of a combination padlock
- Keyless convenience (no need for physical keys)
- Custom security (set unique, memorable combinations)
- No lock picking (not vulnerable to lock picking)
- Versatile use (suitable for various applications)
- Durability (resistant to weather and conditions)
Frequently asked questions
Are all combination padlocks reset in the same way?
No. The method for resetting a combination lock can vary depending on the brand, model or type of lock. More often than not, your combi lock should have a button to press or a small reset slot or hole to insert a reset tool into.
There is no reset hole or button on my combination lock, what should I do?
If there’s no reset hole or button, contact the manufacturer’s customer support or a professional locksmith for assistance.
How do I locate the reset on my padlock?
Look on your padlock for a button (to press and hold) or a small hole or slot (to put a reset tool into). The location of a reset button on a combination padlock can vary depending on the specific model and manufacturer.
However, on many combi locks, the reset button is typically found either on the bottom of the lock or on the backside of the lock body. The reset hole is typically a small hole on the body of the padlock. If you are not sure, check the lock’s manual or manufacturer’s website for specific instructions on where the reset mechanism is located on your particular padlock.
My combination lock doesn’t appear to have a reset tool, what should I do?
Often, the combination padlock manufacturer includes the reset tool in the package with the lock. If you don’t have the reset tool, a straightened paper clip or similar instrument can work. If you still have trouble, contact the manufacturer or a professional locksmith.
Should I use an easy to remember combination code?
Yes, easy to remember but not easy to guess. Choose a numeric sequence that’s memorable and isn’t easy for people to guess. Codes like 1234 or 0000 are too easy to guess. Avoid using your date of birth as this may be findable on social media. Avoid personal information, such as bank details, so that you maintain your identity information.
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