Baltimore IGNITION REPAIR
Broken ignition switch or key?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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 you recommend replacing or repairing my car's 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 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 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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.