Cincinnati IGNITION REPAIR
Broken ignition switch or key?
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 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?
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?
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.
Can you replace the switch of my vehicle'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.
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.
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 know that you want to pay as little as you can and that you desire the least disruption to your vehicle and to your life. This is the reason that we always try to see if it's possible to repair your ignition switch first. As many people in this State before you have discovered, you can trust our company to give you an accurate assessment and a straightforward estimate with transparent pricing. It's also possible that your ignition switch problems are due to someone trying to steal your car by hotwiring it without a key or that you were the victim of vandalism. Regardless of how the problem happened, we are here and happy 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 stuck in ignition
- Key won't turn in ignition
- Objects stuck in ignition switch
- Ignition damaged after attempted theft
- Ignition key & switch replacement
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.
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.