Chicago 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?
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.
Is repairing or replacing my ignition switch the better option?
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.
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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How long should I expect to wait for you to fix my ignition?
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 repair or replace your ignition switch, you can feel confident that we will work efficiently and not cause any additional damage to your vehicle. That means we won't scuff any of its plastic covers, bend any latches, or strip its screws. Additionally, the locksmith we dispatch to your location will make sure that the wires exposed during repair or replacement do not have any damage.
Are you able to replace my car's ignition switch?
The people and the surrounding communities know that our company is a name they can trust for car ignition switch replacement and numerous other automotive locksmith functions. When our technician arrives to your location, he or she will look at your ignition cylinder to make sure no other issues exist that you did not know about yet. We will likely need to switch our service plan to replacement instead of repair if we do find additional problems.
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 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.
One of the most rewarding parts of our jobs as locksmiths in your area is arriving to meet someone who is extremely frustrated and leaving them with a smile on their face. When you Call us to request services, we will send someone immediately who will arrive in 30 minutes or less. Upon arrival, our locksmith will survey the damage, make a recommendation, and get started on the repair or replacement of your ignition.
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
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.
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.
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.