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.
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 isn't always easy to determine this because ignition switch problems often appear as something else to the driver. One of the most obvious signs of a problem with the ignition switch is when the car simply won't start. The engine might crank a little bit, but it won't progress to a full start. In this situation, the most likely culprit is the spark form the ignition. Our locksmith technicians can often perform some maintenance to the switch and get the car to start again. If that doesn't work, replacing the ignition switch is the next logical step.
Is repairing or replacing my ignition switch the better option?
It might seem like ignition switch repair is simple and the obvious solution. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Repairing an ignition switch always runs the risk of causing further damage to your car. However, our locksmiths can sometimes replace a defective wire in the ignition and it will start working again. We can't always answer whether it's possible to complete a repair or replacement job because it depends on whether our suppliers have a replacement part available. We're also conscious of your budget and will only proceed with work after you have approved it.
In some situations, what looks like a single issue with an ignition switch turns out to be several issues. After assessing your vehicle, our certified locksmith will let you know whether ignition switch repair or replacement is the better option in your unique situation.
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What is the time estimate for fixing my ignition switch?
After a member of our team meets you at your car, it normally takes him or her approximately 20 minutes to finish the job after recovering all of the necessary parts. As with all of our repair and installation jobs, the exact timeframe for finishing the job with your ignition switch depends on how complex its cover is. Typically, we only need to remove the bolts, screws, and various latches that hold the ignition switch together to get at it and repair it. We always ensure that these parts are firmly screwed back on when we finish the job. Certain types of vehicles require more time because they have more parts or its more challenging to get at the ignition switch.
No matter what we need to do to repair or replace your ignition switch, you can feel confident that we will work efficiently and not cause any additional damage to your vehicle. That means we won't scuff any of its plastic covers, bend any latches, or strip its screws. Additionally, the locksmith we dispatch to your location will make sure that the wires exposed during repair or replacement do not have any damage.
Will you be able to replace the switch on my car's ignition?
Yes, that is one of the specialties of the automotive locksmith division. Every service technician has successfully completed education specific to this task and has finished countless jobs before yours. That being said, we do need to inspect the cylinder of your ignition to ensure it doesn't have other problems. Should we discover additional issues, it might not be possible to repair your ignition switch and we would need to replace it instead.
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.
Your car doesn't do you any good without a properly working ignition switch. This is true regardless of the make, model, or age of the vehicle. While this problem is frustrating, it's also not uncommon. The ignition system of most vehicles is sensitive and requires a precise partnership between the ignition switch and key. When a problem in communication happens between these two systems, it's usually because a key placed in the ignition won't turn, it becomes stuck in the ignition, or it breaks off in the ignition. The good news is that We are available to help you with any of these problems 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
We understand that an unexpected situation like this can throw off your budget. We will do whatever we can to reduce your costs, and you can also depend on us to give you an honest and accurate cost assessment from the start. Just let us know if you want to compare the costs between repair and replacement and we would be happy to give you both figures. Regardless if your ignition switch problem happened due to vandalism, suspected theft, or just a random event, we're here to get you out of a jam.
One of the most rewarding parts of our jobs as locksmiths in your area is arriving to meet someone who is extremely frustrated and leaving them with a smile on their face. When you Call us to request services, we will send someone immediately who will arrive in 30 minutes or less. Upon arrival, our locksmith will survey the damage, make a recommendation, and get started on the repair or replacement of your ignition.
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
When you contact our dispatch center, please be prepared to describe the problem with your car's ignition as well as the year, model, and make of your car. This ensures that we bring the right equipment with us to service your vehicle. It's true that the majority of ignition keys don't require us to have extremely detailed specifications, but the more information we have the better. A good description of your vehicle is especially useful when it's an older model or make.
We would rather err on the side of caution and bring too much equipment to the job site than get started on a job and not have what we need to finish it on the spot. This ensures that you get on your way quickly because we don't have to stop our work to go retrieve more tools. You save both time and money because you don't have to wait around for hours for another company to fix your car nor do you need to tow it somewhere. We come directly to you.
Each of the auto locksmith technicians who work for We have many years of education, hands-on training, and experience completing the same type of work with hundreds or thousands of other cars. We also guarantee your complete satisfaction with the quality of our work as well as the products we use for repair or replacement. If you feel we didn't do as well as we could have, don't hesitate to let us know. We will do whatever it takes to make it right.
Before leaving you with your vehicle, our locksmith will test the new key or ignition switch to ensure that your car's computer accepts them as valid. People who own late model vehicles have likely gone through the frustration in the past of not having the car's computer accept the changes. This won't happen as our customer because we know just what to do to force the connection.
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.