Billings IGNITION REPAIR
Problems with your ignition key or switch?
It's frustrating when you turn the key to your car's ignition and nothing happens. You have places to be, but this problem prevents you from going anywhere. At a stressful time like this, it's good to know that you can contact us 24 hours a day for immediate repair or replacement of your ignition or its key.
Frequently Asked Questions
What could be causing the problem with my ignition switch?
One of the most common reasons for the failure of a car to start after the driver places a key in the ignition is that something is wrong with the ignition switch. People often assume incorrectly that the problem is a dead battery. It's only when they try to jump-start the car and it doesn't start that they consider the possibility of a faulty ignition switch. A non-starting car with an ignition switch issue has a problem with the distribution of power at the location where the key turns. The flow of energy is not operating as it should. Replacing the ignition switch typically repairs this problem.
Will the ignition switch give any signs that it might stop working soon?
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.
Would it be better to try to repair my 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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What is the time estimate for fixing my ignition switch?
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.
Regardless of the specific work we perform, we guarantee to work efficiently to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We also take extreme care not to cause more damage to your car, including its latches, screws, and plastic covers. This also means that we won't damage any exposed wires while working on your car either.
Can you replace the switch of my vehicle's ignition?
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.