Chicago IGNITION REPAIR
Problems with your ignition key or switch?
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 my ignition not to start?
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?
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 you recommend replacing or repairing my car's 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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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.
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.
Can you replace the switch of my vehicle's ignition?
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.
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.
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.
However, we would rather bring too many tools and equipment to your location than not enough. This ensures that we can get you back on the road quickly by not having to make return trips for supplies. Our locksmith will then complete the job on the spot without you having to arrange to tow your vehicle anywhere or wait several hours for someone to fix it.
In addition to guaranteeing our products, services, and arrival time, we would like you to know that we have very high standards when it comes to hiring. Each of our technicians has several years of previous experience and has completed an educational program that features hands-on learning. We require them to complete several hours of continuing education each year as well.
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.
We also guarantee that we will meet you at your car 30 minutes or less from the time you place a call for service. You may contact us any time of the day or night, whether it's a weekday, weekend, or holiday, and have an experienced locksmith technician help you get back to what you were doing before this problem occurred.