We rely heavily on our vehicles to get us from point A to point B, and when we have mechanical issues, we feel lost. You might be tempted to contact a dealership for help, but don’t waste the time or money. Instead, contact a trusted locksmith to get you back on the road. Ignition switch issues are common, but many people don’t know that locksmiths can fix them. Instead of contacting a dealership known to price gouge, contact a locksmith for your ignition switch issues.
Ignition Switch Fails to Turn
After a long day of work, there’s nothing quite as frustrating as sticking your key in the ignition switch and being unable to turn the key. If this has ever happened to you, your first instinct should be to call a locksmith. You can attempt to move the steering wheel a bit as it could fix the ignition, but it is not recommended as the situation could get worse. Locksmiths will be able to resolve the issue for you on the spot, so you don’t have to wait for a mechanic or dealership to help.
Broken or Jammed Key
You will need a locksmith if your key has broken or been jammed in your ignition switch. A broken key or jammed key will require expert removal. Attempting to remove the key yourself could result in further damage and more money to fix than a simple locksmith call would cost. Once your broken key has been removed, you will need a replacement. Luckily, we can create a spare for you–no problem! This should only cost about $5-$10. If your key has jammed, you will not require a replacement key so long as the original key is not bent or mangled.
You might not know it at the time, but an ignition switch issue could be due to worn wafers. This may be unknown terminology to you, but a qualified locksmith will be well aware of its importance and what they do. Wafers enable an ignition to start when the correct key is inserted. After a long time of use, your wafers may become worn out and do not respond when a key is inserted. A malfunctioning wafer is something we can diagnose on the scene. We can clean or replace the wafer to get you back on the road.
When you first run into an ignition switch issue, you may not know your ignition will need to be replaced. In fact, it will also take the locksmith some troubleshooting to diagnose the problem. Common signs of a faulty ignition include dashboard lights that don’t illuminate when the key is turned, a car that starts but immediately turns off, and other additional issues.
Locksmiths will arrive on the scene and diagnose the issue. If it is determined that your ignition will need to be replaced, don’t panic. We can replace it for you by setting up a separate appointment to replace your ignition. Luckily, if the ignition issue is not as severe, we can get you back on the road in good enough condition to use your ignition before replacement.
New Orleans Residents Rely on Us
There are many reasons to contact a locksmith for your ignition switch problems. Don’t attempt to contact a dealership, as they will charge you more, take a long time to assist you, or may be unable to help you entirely. If you live in the New Orleans, LA area, contact our professionals at ASAP Locksmith of New Orleans. We are proud to serve our fellow New Orleanians and provide consistent quality service. Don’t waste any more time finding a better locksmith. Contact us to get a free estimate today.