Chicago IGNITION REPAIR
Ignition Switch and Key Problems
It's frustrating when you turn the key to your car's ignition and nothing happens. You have places to be, but this problem prevents you from going anywhere. At a stressful time like this, it's good to know that you can contact us 24 hours a day for immediate repair or replacement of your ignition or its key.
Frequently Asked Questions
What could be causing the problem with my ignition switch?
When a car suddenly doesn't start, many people assume that their car has a dead battery. They act on this belief by finding jumper cables and attempting to bring the battery back to life. The only problem is that the battery is fine, yet the car still won't start. What is more than likely happening is there is some type of problem with the ignition switch that is sending a faulty message to the starting mechanism. This is difficult to figure out unless you have training and experience in locksmithing.
How can I tell when my ignition switch is about to give out?
Unfortunately, one of the first signs of a problem is when the car won't start or when the engine cranks but won't turn over. This usually happens due to a spark coming from the ignition cylinder. When a certified locksmith technician arrives to your location, he or she will evaluate the situation and decide if it's possible to repair the ignition switch. If so, the locksmith will quickly devise a plan to fix the problem. If not, it will be necessary to replace the switch of your ignition instead.
Would it be better to try to repair my ignition switch?
Repairing the switch of an ignition isn't as simple as you might expect. It's often better to opt for replacement right away rather run the risk of incurring additional damage. Sometimes it's possible to repair a wire in the ignition switch and get it working again. The decision of whether to repair or replace often depends on whether a replacement component is available and how much it costs. However, we would need to determine the precise issue with your ignition switch before getting to that point.
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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How long will I have to wait when you work on 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, 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.
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.
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 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.
No matter which service you need for your ignition, We can help. Here are just some of the services we offer:
- 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.
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.