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Car Key Stuck In The Ignition

Car Ignition Repair & Ignition Replacement


At Locksmith Tacoma we provide a range of automotive locksmiths services, including ignition repair and replacement.
Modern cars today have all manner of electronic components, making repairs a not so simple affair.
Our locksmiths know all the symptoms, we’ve seen it all, we’ll fix your ignition so it’s like new again.


How to know when you need an ignition switch replacement?

One of the most important parts of your car is the ignition switch. This small switch on the steering wheel controls the flow of electricity from the battery to the starter.
This starter switch is what allows your car to start. Ignition switch problems can cause a variety of issues, ranging from a simple failure to start your car to more serious electrical problems.


So how can you tell if you need an ignition switch replacement? Here are some common signs:


  • Your car won’t start.
    If your car stalls after starting or it starts unreliably. This is the most obvious sign that there’s an issue with your ignition switch. If it’s completely dead, you’ll need a replacement.
  • The engine turns over slowly.
    If you turn the key and the engine takes a long time to start, that’s a sign that there’s an issue with the ignition switch.
  • The lights are dim.
    Ignition switches help to provide power to the lights, so if they’re dimmed or the dashboard lights flicker, that could be a sign of a problem.
  • There are electrical issues.
    If you’re experiencing any other electrical problems in your car, like a dead battery, it could be due to an issue with the ignition switch.


If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to have your ignition switch checked out by a professional. At Locksmith Tacoma, we have a team of experienced automotive locksmiths who can help diagnose and repair any ignition switch issues you may be having. We offer a wide range of services, including ignition repair and replacement, so we can get your car back up and running quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.



Is the problem with the car key?

It is not uncommon for ignition lock problems to be caused by the car key itself. If the key is worn or damaged, it can cause the ignition to malfunction. In some cases an incorrectly programmed transponder key will fail to start the engine. In addition, if the key is not properly inserted into the ignition, it can also cause problems. If you are having difficulty starting your car, it is advisable to check the condition of your car key first. If the key is damaged, you may need to replace it. However, if it’s not related to the key the problem might reside with the ignition itself. Then you may need to have it repaired or replaced by a qualified auto locksmith.


A faulty ignition switch will be just a bad memory

At Locksmith Tacoma we’ll make a bad ignition switch, just a bad memory. There can be a significant amount of troubleshooting involved in finding the true source of an ignition problem.
Our auto repair experts are just what you need. We’ll do some investigation and inform as to whether or not the ignition lock cylinder can be repaired or needs to be entirely replaced.

We are available 24 hours a day, so you can be sure you won’t be stranded long. Our team are fully mobile, so we’ll come direct to your location to get your ignition fixed.
You’ll find dealing with us a breeze, we place a high priority on the customer experience and will ensure you drive away satisfied with the service you receive from us.



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How long will it take to repair or replace an ignition system?

The amount of time it takes a locksmith to repair or replace an ignition system will vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle. In general, a simple fix will take no more than 30 minutes, whereas a more complex job with more troubleshooting might take a couple of hours.


How much will it cost?

The cost of this will depend on the type of car you have, the severity of the problem, and the locksmith’s fees. In general, expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $250 for this service. If your car is older or the problem is more complex, you may need to pay more. But if you have a newer car or a less complex issue, you may be able to get by with a less expensive repair.


If my car’s ignition switch is replaced, will I need a new car key?

If your car’s ignition switch needs to be replaced, you will not need a new car key. The ignition switch is what you use to turn on your car, and it is usually located on the steering column. The ignition switch contains a set of electrical contacts that match up with the car key. When you insert the key into the ignition, the contact points connect and allow current to flow to the starter motor. Once the engine is running, the key can be removed from the ignition. However, if the ignition switch is damaged, it will need to be replaced. In most cases, the new ignition switch will come with a new set of contacts that match up with your existing car key.


What’s the difference between the ignition switch and ignition cylinder?

When starting a car, the engine is turned on by turning the ignition. The key is inserted into the ignition switch, which is usually located on the steering column. The switch sends an electrical signal to the starter motor, which then turns over the engine. In order for the key to be turned, the switch must be in the “on” position. The switch can also be turned to the “start” position, which energizes the solenoid and turns the starter motor. The “off” position kills the engine and prevents it from starting.

The ignition cylinder is where the key is inserted. The cylinder contains a series of tumblers that must be aligned in order for the key to turn. When the key is inserted, the tumblers are pushed into place by springs. Once all of the tumblers are aligned, the cylinder can be turned and the engine started. If even one tumbler is out of place, the key will not turn and the engine will not start.


Can an ignition cylinder be rekeyed?

Most ignition cylinders can be rekeyed, but it is best to consult with a professional to be sure. The process of rekeying an ignition cylinder is fairly straightforward, but it requires special tools and training to do it correctly.

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