Birmingham 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 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.
Will the ignition switch give any signs that it might stop working soon?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.