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Ignition Switch Replacement

The ignition switch is what gets the ball rolling on your commute. It is what completes the circuit and gets the starter to turn the motor over. The ignition switch is how baddies used to steal cars in the old days. Modern cars often have a ‘push button’ start and are much harder to steal. The ignition switch gets a fair workout over its lifetime so it’s not unexpected for it to fail. 

What is an ignition switch?

The ignition switch is set in behind the ignition barrel. The ignition barrel is where you put your key in to turn and once you turn it far enough it activates the ignition switch. The resistance that you feel when you turn the key past a certain point, is there so that you don’t engage the starter by accident. The ignition switch contains two connectors that only meet when the key is turned. When they meet, it sends an electrical current to the starter to turn the engine over.

Why do you need an ignition switch?

If your ignition switch is faulty and you can’t engage your starter, then you can’t drive your car. If you have a manual, you can get away with it but it means you’ll have to park on hills. 

How to tell if you need a new ignition switch

If you can’t turn the engine on, even when the key is turned all the way, it means your ignition switch has failed. If you can’t turn the key to the ‘on’ position, then the switch may have broken. Other key indicators are that the engine will turn over but it will ‘phase’ when doing so. 

What’s involved in getting an ignition switch replaced?

The mechanic will disconnect the battery and remove the trim around the ignition barrel. They will then locate the ignition switch and make sure that it hasn’t burnt out or that the connectors are faulty. They will then disconnect the wiring and unscrew the old ignition switch. They will then fit the new switch, connect all wiring and test the new system. 

How much does an ignition switch cost?

Some older and cheaper cars only cost around $200 to replace. Modern cars with a more complicated system cost around $500+ to replace due to the cost of the new part.

How often do I need an ignition switch replaced?

Only when they break. All the electric switches in your car wear down over time. Seeing as your ignition switch gets a lot of use, it’s not uncommon for them to fail.

Is a broken ignition switch unsafe?

Not really, it just means you can’t drive your car. Seeing as you don’t want that, it’s best to get your ignition switch replaced when you need it.

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