San Quentin IGNITION REPAIR
Problems with your ignition key or switch?
There isn't anything fun about expecting your car to start as usual only to put the key in the ignition and have nothing happen. It can even be frightening if it's late at night, the weather conditions are poor, or you're stuck in an unfamiliar area far away from your home. We understand your frustration and are here to help repair or replace your ignition 24 hours a day.
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.
Will the ignition switch give any signs that it might stop working soon?
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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What is the time estimate for fixing my ignition switch?
We do our best to arrive within 30 minutes of your call and to complete the work in approximately 20 minutes. However, your exact wait time depends on several individual factors such as the make and model of your vehicle and the design of your ignition switch cover. In most cases, our locksmiths only need to remove the latches, screws, and bolts that make up the ignition system, fix the problem, and put the parts back together. Some vehicles have additional parts that cause it to take longer to access 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.
Are you able to replace my car's ignition switch?
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.
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.
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 know that you want to pay as little as you can and that you desire the least disruption to your vehicle and to your life. This is the reason that we always try to see if it's possible to repair your ignition switch first. As many people in this State before you have discovered, you can trust our company to give you an accurate assessment and a straightforward estimate with transparent pricing. It's also possible that your ignition switch problems are due to someone trying to steal your car by hotwiring it without a key or that you were the victim of vandalism. Regardless of how the problem happened, we are here and happy 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.
No matter which service you need for your ignition, We can help. Here are just some of the services we offer:
- Ignition key & switch replacement
- Key stuck in ignition
- Key won't turn in ignition
- Objects stuck in ignition switch
- Ignition damaged after attempted theft
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.
We would rather err on the side of caution and bring too much equipment to the job site than get started on a job and not have what we need to finish it on the spot. This ensures that you get on your way quickly because we don't have to stop our work to go retrieve more tools. You save both time and money because you don't have to wait around for hours for another company to fix your car nor do you need to tow it somewhere. We come directly to you.
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.
After repairing or replacing your ignition switch, the locksmith we send to your location will insert the newly made key into the ignition to make sure that the computer of your car accepts it. Sometimes an electrical problem will cause a miscommunication between the ignition and the computer. If it does, you can feel assured that we will correct it immediately and not hold you up any longer than necessary.
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.