How To Reset A Forgotten Combination Lock On Luggage?

If you have arrived at this page, then the chances are that you are trying to find out how to reset a combination lock on a suitcase. You are not the first to find yourself in this situation, and you will certainly not be the last. Unfortunately, this usually happens when you have arrived at your holiday destination and you are unable to get into your suitcase. This is definitely not the best way to start a holiday.

If you have found yourself in this situation, then it is very likely that you have found yourself in a bit of a panic. However, whilst there are some cases that are not going to be resolved, there are others that you can actually fix. If you know the master code to your lock, or the lock is unlocked when you have forgotten it, then all is not lost. Here are the steps that you will need to follow:

  • Set the dial back to 000.
  • Turn the dial to a 90 degree angle from a locked position and push it down.
  • Set your new code.

It is as simple as that. However, you should definitely write down your new code before you lock the suitcase again. Of course, there are going to be cases where the above steps simply don’t work. If you have purchased high-end luggage like a Samsonite suitcase then you will usually find that you have to call their customer service helpline so that they can guide you through the steps that you need to follow in order to reset the combination lock.

If you have tried the steps above with no success, then here are a couple of tips that might help you reset the combination lock on your suitcase.

Search Internet Forums

If you are struggling with how to reset a combination lock on a suitcase, then there are a few things that you can try. One of the best things that you can do is take a look online. If you have a specific brand of luggage, then you can try searching for a forum for that brand. It is highly likely that somebody will have encountered the same problem and will have found a solution. You can also join the forum and ask for advice from other customers too.

Try Every Possible Combination

Now, this is something that is going to take a very long time to do. However, if you are really set on keeping your suitcase intact and you have tried every other option to reset the combination lock, then the only other option is to go through every possible combination from 000 to 999. This may take you all day, but there are some people who say that it only takes around 30 minutes.

Break the Lock

If you have tried everything else and nothing is working then your only option, if you want to keep your suitcase, is to break the lock with bolt cutters or something equally as strong. Of course, if you do this then you are going to need to buy a new lock which could be a problem if you are already abroad.

As you can see, there are a few different things that you can try in order to reset the combination lock on your suitcase. Remember that breaking the lock should only be a last resort and try all of the other options first.

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Written By Alex
Last Updated On September 5, 2021
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One comment on “How To Reset A Forgotten Combination Lock On Luggage?”

  1. Forgotten code on Radley suitcase only one zip is in the lock to reset so both thenzips need to be locked in..... please assist we are en route to America. Thanks

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