crank out window lock broken in locked position

A home owner from Otsego Minnesota says:
Can you please tell me how I can get window open to replace lock as it is broken in locked position,lock just moves up and down without doing anything.Thanks for your time. Joe R
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
I'm afraid there's no easy way to fix this. You will need to find some way to cut the lock from the window. I would recommend contacting a local professional to do this for you.
A home owner from Canada says:
If your window is a casement, there is likely a bar that slides up and down, engaging the window to lock it. Pulling the lock handle down should push the bar up, locking the window. Pushing it up pushes the bar down and unlocks the window. The locking lever has a notched clip that fits over a round knob attached to this bar.

this worked for me:

1. open the window as much as you can to create as big a gap between the window and weather stripping as you can.

2. slide a putty knife into the gap above the lock and then using a hammer tap gently to push the locking clip down.

3. Once open, the locking mechanism unscrews from the outside and is easy to replace
A handy person from Rural Blairstown Iowa says:
Kudos to the homeowner in Canada for such a simple, non-destructive solution! His approach worked great and I didn't even need a hammer. Thank you!
A quick learner from Virginia says:
Thank you I really appreciate it this is the only site I found that gave this example and it worked within 5 minutes after an hour of trying all other methods lol
A quick learner from Canada says:
It worked like a charm. Great advice
A contractor from Saskatchewan says:
Home owner from Canada nailed it! Nice work ??
A quick learner from Illinois says:
Many, MANY thanks from your neighbor down south in Illinois, Canada. It took me about 20 min, but I got. Had to have a little hammer help but it saved me big bucks having a window guy come out. Again...THANK YOU!!!
A landlord from Wyoming says:
Yay Canada, good trick! It worked in a couple minutes and no hammer.
A professional from AB says:
I never write into these, really have to say a big THANKS, to this thread.
Problem fixed in less than 2 mins.
I was really worried I'd have to replace the window,

Fellow Canadian!
A quick learner from Dundas, Minnesota says:
Thank you " Homeowner From Canada!" What an easy fix for a window lock that has been broken for a couple years.
A quick learner from Trenton, NJ says:
Yup! Thank you!! The homeowner from Canada has the solution. I just used a plastic putty knife and it unlocked with ease! Now, to find and install the replacement...
A home owner from Montréal, Canada says:
Thank you !!!
Got my window open in 5 sec
A quick learner from St. Albert AB Canada says:
I never write to these either, but just had to say what an Amazing easy fix this was!! The lock handle on my window had completely snapped off! Had it open in 30 seconds! Now off to the hardware store to get a new lock and finish up?. I was sweating a big bill to have this fixed. Thank you so much neighbour!
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