Los Angeles IGNITION REPAIR
Ignition Switch and Key Problems
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.
Why would my ignition suddenly refuse to start?
It can be baffling when your car started fine the last time you used it, which was possibly only minutes ago, and won't start now. It's a good indication that a problem exists with the ignition switch when you place a key in the ignition and the car won't start. If you're like a lot of drivers, your thoughts won't turn to an ignition problem right away. You will likely assume that something is wrong with your car's battery and attempt to jump-start it with cables. You suddenly realize what the true problem is when that doesn't work.
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.
Is repairing or replacing my ignition switch the better option?
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.
Before making a firm decision, we need to uncover the specific issue causing your ignition switch not to work. It often looks like one simple issue upfront only to turn into something more complex. Our locksmith technician will recommend either ignition repair or replacement after assessing the problem with your car and taking your preferences into consideration.
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How long should I expect to wait for you to fix my ignition?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 contact our dispatch center, please be prepared to describe the problem with your car's ignition as well as the year, model, and make of your car. This ensures that we bring the right equipment with us to service your vehicle. It's true that the majority of ignition keys don't require us to have extremely detailed specifications, but the more information we have the better. A good description of your vehicle is especially useful when it's an older model or make.
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.
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.