Chicago IGNITION REPAIR
Ignition Switch and Key Problems
There isn't anything fun about expecting your car to start as usual only to put the key in the ignition and have nothing happen. It can even be frightening if it's late at night, the weather conditions are poor, or you're stuck in an unfamiliar area far away from your home. We understand your frustration and are here to help repair or replace your ignition 24 hours a day.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Will the ignition switch give any signs that it might stop working soon?
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 making a firm decision, we need to uncover the specific issue causing your ignition switch not to work. It often looks like one simple issue upfront only to turn into something more complex. Our locksmith technician will recommend either ignition repair or replacement after assessing the problem with your car and taking your preferences into consideration.
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How long will I have to wait when you work on my ignition switch?
We give a guarantee of arriving at a job site within 30 minutes of receiving a service request. Once there, it generally takes around 20 minutes for us to fix the ignition. Naturally, this can vary a great deal depending on the specifics of your vehicle and the difficulty or ease of reaching the cover for your ignition switch. With the more straightforward jobs, we usually just lift the cover and remove the bolts, latches, and screws of your car's ignition. We then quickly reassemble it after fixing the issue. Some older model cars or even newer models with high-tech security may have ignition switch covers that are more difficult to access.
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?
The people and the surrounding communities know that our company is a name they can trust for car ignition switch replacement and numerous other automotive locksmith functions. When our technician arrives to your location, he or she will look at your ignition cylinder to make sure no other issues exist that you did not know about yet. We will likely need to switch our service plan to replacement instead of repair if we do find additional problems.
There is always the possibility that we will need to complete work on the ignition switch later due to the huge variation between makes and models of cars. We might need to obtain additional information about your ignition switch from another location. However, a locksmith will be to your location as quickly as possible after you Call us to request service.
When your car won't start, it brings your life to a screeching halt. We know that and will work hard to get you back to your regular schedule as soon as we can. The good news is that we can often connect a faulty ignition switch with a problem in the way your key is communicating with it. For example, the switch is not receiving the proper message to start the car if a key is stuck in the ignition, part of a key broke off, or the key refuses to tun. Please don't hesitate to call our leading automotive locksmith company if any of these situations happen to you.
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.
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.
We are here to help you no matter what type of issue you're experiencing with the ignition switch or key of your car. Some of our most requested emergency services 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 call our dispatch center, please let the operator know the make and model of your car along with the year and a brief description of the problem. That way our technician will bring the correct equipment to the job, which will save you time as well. Although most problems with ignition keys don't requires us to collect a lot of details, we would rather have too much information than not enough. This ensures we provide you with the highest quality of service.
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.
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.
After repairing or replacing your ignition switch, the locksmith we send to your location will insert the newly made key into the ignition to make sure that the computer of your car accepts it. Sometimes an electrical problem will cause a miscommunication between the ignition and the computer. If it does, you can feel assured that we will correct it immediately and not hold you up any longer than necessary.
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.