Ignition Repair

Got a Car Ignition Issue?

Shearline Locksmiths is your go-to professional ignition repair locksmith in the Chicago, IL region. We have a decade of locksmith experience, are licensed, trained, and are a member of the ALOA, Associated Locksmiths of America. We always use quality hardware and parts that we guarantee. We provide emergency mobile locksmith services, so if you have an ignition issue on the road anywhere in Chicagoland, we can come to you right away. Contact us today for a free ignition repair estimate.

What is a Broken Ignition?

Locksmith removing an automotive ignition to repair or replace it.

Our mobile locksmiths are well-versed in ignition repair and replacement for a wide variety of cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles. To repair your ignition we remove it from the steering column in order to access the internal mechanism.

In the simplest of terms, the ignition is the car component that ignites a spark to get the vehicle going. If the key can’t turn the lock or the key chip can’t communicate to do this, the car doesn’t start.

There are different reasons why an ignition isn’t working. The ignition switch may fail due to worn switch contacts or broken springs. A metal key may get worn down due to wear and tear and thus won’t turn. Or, you may notice you often have to jiggle and maneuver your key to get the car to start. This is often because there is an issue with the ignition lock cylinder you put the key into. Over time this lock and different components may fail. A transponder key is a different issue; because it works with a chip that sends a signal to the car’s ignition, if there is an issue with the chip or ignition the signal can’t be properly communicated.

Ignition Services We Offer

Typically, ignition repair at the dealer can be expensive, but an auto locksmith can often reprogram either the lock or ignition or repair the lock cylinder quickly on site for a lower price.

  • Ignition lock cylinder replacement – the cylinder is the part that your key slides into. We can swap out your old, sticky, hard-to-turn ignition cylinder for a new one.
  • Ignition switch repair – the switch is the electrical part that sends power to your vehicle so if it’s not working the vehicle won’t start. Depending on the vehicle, a repair can involve removing a few screws or the entire steering column. The cylinder and switch are two different components that can be repaired separately.
  • Rekey ignition – because ignition cylinders are locks, the locks can be taken apart and swapped out with new components. We can rekey an existing or new cylinder.
  • Car ignition repair – we will assess the entire ignition system and repair those components that do not need to be replaced.

Ignition repair can be complicated depending on what component is damaged, particularly with newer vehicles that have key fobs and transponders. It’s always best practice to call an expert locksmith first to ensure your vehicle ignition is repaired correctly the first time.

Shearline Locksmiths – Ignition Repair Specialists

We are Chicago’s full-service, professional locksmith providing everything from lockout services for homes and vehicles to car key duplication. We specialize in car ignition repair, providing emergency mobile locksmith services for your convenience. We can come to you no matter where you are in the Chicago area to repair your car ignition and get you back on the road. Call us today for a free ignition repair estimate at 312-847-8366.

Ignition Repair FAQ

What’s a sign my ignition needs to be replaced?

There are several signs that may indicate your keyed ignition needs replacement from Shearline Locksmiths:

  • It’s difficult to turn the key inside the ignition.
  • The key won’t go into the ignition smoothly.
  • You can remove the key when the car is running.
  • Frequent flickering of dashboard lights.
  • You need to jiggle the key to start the car.

Can I have my ignition replaced at my location?

Yes, our Chicago locksmiths offer mobile services, which means we’ll come to you. Once on-site at your preferred location, whether it’s at home, work, or any other place where your vehicle is located, we can replace your ignition.

What car types of ignitions do you replace?

Our locksmiths generally focus on replacing ignitions on domestic and foreign brands. It’s always a good idea to specify the make, model, and year of your vehicle when you call. If we can’t do it, we’ll let you know.

Will ignition replacement affect my car’s driving ability?

No, replacing the ignition should not affect your car’s driving ability at all. If anything, it will have a positive impact and help things runs smoothly. However, if you experience any issues after an ignition replacement, you should contact our locksmith in Chicago immediately.

Will my original car key work with the new ignition?

When the ignition is replaced, you’ll need a new key unless you ask the locksmith to rekey your new ignition to match your old key.

How long does it take to replace an ignition?

The time it takes can vary depending on the complexity of the ignition and the vehicle type. Generally, it can take the Shearline Locksmiths team anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

Is there a warranty on the ignition replacement?

Yes, if we supply the parts, we do offer a warranty on parts and labor for ignition replacements. We highly recommend you ask about the warranty terms and duration when scheduling service.

How much does it cost to replace an ignition?

The cost of ignition replacement varies based on the current state of the ignition, the vehicle’s make and model, and the complexity of the ignition system. When you call, we’ll give you a quote over the phone.