When we purchase a new car, one of the most important things our auto locksmiths check is whether the ignition switch works correctly. If it does, we congratulate ourselves on our brilliant choice. But if the ignition switch proves to be faulty, worry sets in and we start questioning our decision-making skills. When the ignition lock cylinder fails, you could lose the ability to start your vehicle. But that’s not the worst of it, Without the use of the key, you may also lose access to an expensive alarm system, factory-installed GPS navigation, and a slew of other things. 

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Ignition switches fail for several reasons. Most commonly, the switch can become loose over time, meaning it doesn’t make complete contact with the key as you insert it, or gets stuck in certain positions. If you try to start your car and it doesn’t start, this may be the problem.

A faulty ignition switch can also short out and cause a loss of power to your car’s electrical system, or even prevent the key from turning at all.

No matter why your ignition switch is failing, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Turning off the engine when you are still in the driver’s seat or leaving your keys in the ignition is a bad idea for many reasons. You could be tempted to leave your car running if you need to run an errand or grab something from another part of your vehicle; thieves could take advantage of a disabled ignition system to steal your car, or you could get stuck on the road if you are unable to turn off the engine while driving.

Some Common Ignition Switch Issues

Ignition Switch Stops turning during Start-Up

The most common reason why it stops turning is either using the wrong key that is for another vehicle or a blocked steering wheel. When it happens you can try to jiggle the steering wheel as it might be binding because of the front wheels being turned at an angle against the curb. If the problem remains persistent you can use lubricants like aerosol electronic cleaner or dielectric silicone grease but don’t use penetrating oil as it may cause more harm than benefit. 

Broken Ignition Switch

If there is a broken key inside an ignition switch and you try to start your car, it won’t start. You might hear a clicking sound from the ignition cylinder when you turn the key or you may feel resistance as you turn it. A failed or failing ignition switch can be caused by many things, but the most common causes include:

Broken Ignition Key: The most obvious cause of a no-start issue is a broken key stuck in the ignition cylinder. In this case, you may have to call a locksmith or take your car to a repair shop for assistance.

Failed Ignition Switch: Another common cause of the problem is the ignition switch itself. It can fail due to excessive wear and tear if you use your keys heavily or if they are frequently exposed to extreme weather conditions. If a part inside the cylinder breaks, it could prevent it from working properly and prevent your vehicle from starting.

Manufacturer’s Fault

Many times the cause of failure of ignition switch is defective parts of the vehicle. Car manufacturers will guarantee the components as long as warranty goes. So if you come across any such problem then call a professional auto locksmith to fix the issue for you. 

Ignition Switch or Key Wears Out

Just like ignition switch get decayed with time and goes through wear and tear associated with time and usage. Likewise a worn out key can be the culprit as well. If you suspect that it’s the key causing problem then try a spare key, if it works be assured that ignition switch is not the problem.


If you’ve experienced a problem with the ignition switch of your car, then you know how frustrating it is. You get behind the wheel, trying to start the vehicle but nothing happens.

Call us, we’ll send an expert professional to make sure your ignition is working like new. An experienced locksmith can also diagnose why the switch isn’t working so you don’t have to worry about purchasing an expensive replacement.


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