Washington Depot IGNITION REPAIR
Ignition Switch and Key Problems
We take a lot of things for granted in life, including the expectation that our cars will start when we put a key in the ignition and turn it. It leaves you feeling annoyed and confused, especially if the problem with starting seemed to come out of nowhere. When an ignition key or switch problem leaves you stranded, just call us at any hour. We are available 24 hours a day and every day of the year.
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.
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.
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 will I have to wait when you work on 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 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.
Will you be able to replace the switch on my car's ignition?
Yes, each member of our auto locksmith team has completed extensive training in order to complete this job properly and efficiently. However, we first need to check the ignition cylinder to make sure that no other issues exist. If they do, it might not be enough to replace it. Our locksmith would need to investigate further to determine whether the ignition switch is still effective.
There is always the possibility that we will need to complete work on the ignition switch later due to the huge variation between makes and models of cars. We might need to obtain additional information about your ignition switch from another location. However, a locksmith will be to your location as quickly as possible after you Call us to request service.
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 stuck in ignition
- Key won't turn in ignition
- Objects stuck in ignition switch
- Ignition damaged after attempted theft
- Ignition key & switch replacement
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.
When you work with our company and explain your ignition issue to the best of your ability, it means that you won't have to arrange to have your car towed somewhere else. That is because we come directly to your location. It saves you considerable money as well, especially if you would normally take your car to a dealership for repairs as they tend to charge the most.
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.
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.