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.
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.
Will the ignition switch give any signs that it might stop working soon?
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?
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?
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 your car, you can depend on the expert locksmith technicians to get the job done correctly and quickly. We take pride in the way we treat our customers' vehicles, including not causing damage to any plastic covers, latches, or screws while we work.
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.
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.
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.
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
After contacting us, please provide us with detailed information about your vehicle to ensure that we bring the necessary tools and equipment to the job. At the least, we need to know the year of your vehicle as well as the make and model. In most cases, an ignition key doesn't require highly detailed specifications to repair or replace it. This is especially true when your car is an older make or model.
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.
We only hire the best locksmith technicians . That means we require several years of experience, locksmith education from an accredited institution, and several professional references. This gives us the confidence to provide our customers with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee on our products as well as our work.
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.
When you know the problem is the ignition, you can call on us at any time. We literally never close. A locksmith will arrive in under half an hour and get to work right away. Before you know it, you will turn your key and your car will respond exactly how you expect it to thanks to our work.