Castro Valley 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.
Why would my ignition suddenly refuse to start?
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 isn't always easy to determine this because ignition switch problems often appear as something else to the driver. One of the most obvious signs of a problem with the ignition switch is when the car simply won't start. The engine might crank a little bit, but it won't progress to a full start. In this situation, the most likely culprit is the spark form the ignition. Our locksmith technicians can often perform some maintenance to the switch and get the car to start again. If that doesn't work, replacing the ignition switch is the next logical step.
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.
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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How long will I have to wait when you work on my ignition switch?
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.
Will you be able to replace the switch on my car'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 always attempt to repair the ignition switch or key without having to resort to replacement to save you both time and money. We like to see our customers have their car running as it should so they don't experience any further disruption to their day. As the leading auto locksmith expert in this State, we have many years of experience dealing with this type of situation. Whether you can't turn the key or experienced damage to your ignition switch or key due to theft or vandalism, we are always available to help.
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:
- Ignition damaged after attempted theft
- Ignition key & switch replacement
- Key stuck in ignition
- Key won't turn in ignition
- Objects stuck in ignition switch
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.
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.
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.
When you know the problem is the ignition, you can call on us at any time. We literally never close. A locksmith will arrive in under half an hour and get to work right away. Before you know it, you will turn your key and your car will respond exactly how you expect it to thanks to our work.