Birmingham 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.
What could be causing the problem with my ignition switch?
One of the most common reasons for the failure of a car to start after the driver places a key in the ignition is that something is wrong with the ignition switch. People often assume incorrectly that the problem is a dead battery. It's only when they try to jump-start the car and it doesn't start that they consider the possibility of a faulty ignition switch. A non-starting car with an ignition switch issue has a problem with the distribution of power at the location where the key turns. The flow of energy is not operating as it should. Replacing the ignition switch typically repairs this problem.
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.
Is repairing or replacing my ignition switch the better option?
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.
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?
After a member of our team meets you at your car, it normally takes him or her approximately 20 minutes to finish the job after recovering all of the necessary parts. As with all of our repair and installation jobs, the exact timeframe for finishing the job with your ignition switch depends on how complex its cover is. Typically, we only need to remove the bolts, screws, and various latches that hold the ignition switch together to get at it and repair it. We always ensure that these parts are firmly screwed back on when we finish the job. Certain types of vehicles require more time because they have more parts or its more challenging to get at 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.
Depending on the make and model of your car, we may need to wait a bit before beginning work on its ignition switch. With some manufacturers, we need to contact a third party to obtain the details we need to complete our work. We will be certain to update our time estimate if this happens.
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.
We understand that not having your car start or the engine turn over is an incredibly frustrating and usually unexpected problem. It is highly stressful as well. We feel that it's part of our job to take your stress away by accurately assessing the problem and then using the tools and expertise we possess to fix it. You never have to wait long for someone to meet you at your vehicle, whether it's right here in your area or in one of the surrounding communities.
Our company is proud to offer a wide range of ignition repair and replacement services. These include:
- Ignition key & switch replacement
- Key stuck in ignition
- Key won't turn in ignition
- Objects stuck in ignition switch
- Ignition damaged after attempted theft
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.
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.
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.
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.