Chicago IGNITION REPAIR

Ignition Switch and Key Problems

We take a lot of things for granted in life, including the expectation that our cars will start when we put a key in the ignition and turn it. It leaves you feeling annoyed and confused, especially if the problem with starting seemed to come out of nowhere. When an ignition key or switch problem leaves you stranded, just call us at any hour. We are available 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

FAQs

What could be causing the problem with my ignition switch?

It can be baffling when your car started fine the last time you used it, which was possibly only minutes ago, and won't start now. It's a good indication that a problem exists with the ignition switch when you place a key in the ignition and the car won't start. If you're like a lot of drivers, your thoughts won't turn to an ignition problem right away. You will likely assume that something is wrong with your car's battery and attempt to jump-start it with cables. You suddenly realize what the true problem is when that doesn't work.

How can I tell when my ignition switch is about to give out?

It would be nice if your ignition gave clues of what was about to happen, but this usually isn't the case. Often times, the first sign of trouble is when the engine turns over but doesn't start the car or the car just doesn't start at all. When this occurs, it's usually due to a problem with an ignition cylinder spark. After one of our locksmiths meets you at your vehicle, the first step is to evaluate what's going on with your ignition key and switch and determine if there's a possibility of repairing the problem. The next logical step would be to replace the faulty ignition switch with a new one if a repair doesn't work or is inadvisable.

Would it be better to try to repair my ignition switch?

While we prefer to go the repair route to save you time and money, this isn't always possible. It also increases the likelihood of causing additional vehicle damage. One thing our certified locksmiths will attempt to do is look to see if the ignition has a defective wire and then replace it. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible for the locksmiths to know without inspecting your vehicle whether it's possible to repair the ignition or if they will move straight to replacement. It can depend on whether a replacement part is immediately available and your budget for the job.

Before we decide which approach to take, it's necessary to inspect your ignition and determine the specific reasons for the switch failure. It has been our experience that something that looks like a simple fix initially often turns into a more complex issue due to discovering several issues with the ignition.

 

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What is the time estimate for fixing my ignition switch?

We do our best to arrive within 30 minutes of your call and to complete the work in approximately 20 minutes. However, your exact wait time depends on several individual factors such as the make and model of your vehicle and the design of your ignition switch cover. In most cases, our locksmiths only need to remove the latches, screws, and bolts that make up the ignition system, fix the problem, and put the parts back together. Some vehicles have additional parts that cause it to take longer to access the ignition switch.

Regardless of the specific work we perform, we guarantee to work efficiently to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We also take extreme care not to cause more damage to your car, including its latches, screws, and plastic covers. This also means that we won't damage any exposed wires while working on your car either.

Are you able to replace my car's ignition switch?

Yes, each member of our auto locksmith team has completed extensive training in order to complete this job properly and efficiently. However, we first need to check the ignition cylinder to make sure that no other issues exist. If they do, it might not be enough to replace it. Our locksmith would need to investigate further to determine whether the ignition switch is still effective.

It's possible that we may need to slightly delay working on your ignition switch depending on the model and make your vehicle. That is because we could need more information about the ignition switch that we need to obtain from another party. We will always inform you of any potential delays and update your time estimate accordingly.

You depend on your car to get everywhere. When the ignition switch is faulty, you're effectively stranded until you can get if fixed or replaced. This is true of every type of car. Our company understands that it's a frustrating situation when you need to be somewhere and your car won't start due to a faulty ignition. Many times, we can trace the problem to a breakdown in communication between your car's key and its ignition system. These problems usually result when a key breaks inside of the ignition, gets stuck in the ignition, or fits in just fine but then won't turn. If any of these things happen to you, don't hesitate to contact us to request ignition repair or replacement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We always attempt to repair the ignition switch or key without having to resort to replacement to save you both time and money. We like to see our customers have their car running as it should so they don't experience any further disruption to their day. As the leading auto locksmith expert in this State, we have many years of experience dealing with this type of situation. Whether you can't turn the key or experienced damage to your ignition switch or key due to theft or vandalism, we are always available to help.

Without question, we understand that this can be an exceptionally frustrating situation. Fortunately, we deal with it all the time and know just what to do to resolve it. We promise to send someone on their way to your car's location just minutes after you call our dispatch center in your area. As soon as our locksmith arrives, he or she will assess the damage, provide you with a cost estimate, and get right to work repairing or replacing your ignition switch or key. We never spring surprise charges on you and always obtain your permission before starting any work.

Our company is proud to offer a wide range of ignition repair and replacement services. These include:

  • Key won't turn in ignition
  • Objects stuck in ignition switch
  • Ignition damaged after attempted theft
  • Ignition key & switch replacement
  • Key stuck in ignition

 

After contacting us, please provide us with detailed information about your vehicle to ensure that we bring the necessary tools and equipment to the job. At the least, we need to know the year of your vehicle as well as the make and model. In most cases, an ignition key doesn't require highly detailed specifications to repair or replace it. This is especially true when your car is an older make or model.

 

When you work with our company and explain your ignition issue to the best of your ability, it means that you won't have to arrange to have your car towed somewhere else. That is because we come directly to your location. It saves you considerable money as well, especially if you would normally take your car to a dealership for repairs as they tend to charge the most.

We only hire the best locksmith technicians . That means we require several years of experience, locksmith education from an accredited institution, and several professional references. This gives us the confidence to provide our customers with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee on our products as well as our work.

We always test our work before leaving a job site. In this case, the technician would place the new key into your ignition switch to ensure that it communicates properly with the car's computer. It an issue arises where the car doesn't appear to accept the new key, we will resolve it promptly and get you back out on the road.

A car that won't start because of an ignition problem has the potential to ruin your day. That doesn't have to happen when you call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to request immediate dispatch to wherever you happen to be stranded.

 

Call Us 24/7 for Service At Your Location:

 866-696-3340