Ignition repair

Whether your key is hardly turning or it's completely stuck inside the ignition, here at Rated Locksmiths, we can help you fire up your car's engine and get you back on the road in no time at all.

Whatever your ignition problem, we can help by providing an efficient and cost-effective ignition replacement service. We have access to over 300 professional and experienced, domestic, commercial and automotive locksmiths, who can repair or even replace your ignition at home, away or at the roadside.

Because we understand that you can run into ignition problems anywhere, at any time, our network of auto locksmiths can come to your rescue, no matter what time of day it is and they always provide a professional service you can rely on.

Solving your key and car ignition problems, 24/7

All of the locksmiths we work with are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and expertise required to provide a high-quality, cost effective, and speedy ignition replacement service, 24 hours a day.

Whether you're parked on your driveway, battling your way through the daily commute, or out and about at the weekend, our carefully selected network of automotive experts can assist you. Having worked with all makes of vehicles and operating throughout the UK, our network of auto locksmiths has the necessary equipment, tools and skills to handle any ignition problem - big or small!

After all, it's often the case that these things happen unexpectedly, and tackling an ignition problem yourself can cause more harm than good if you don't know what you're doing.

Need for speed

Any time spent without your car or van is an inconvenience, and especially so if you're locked out or you're experiencing issues with your ignition!

From the moment you get in touch, a member of our network of locksmiths will aim to get to you as quickly as possible. Armed with all of the tools and equipment needed to handle even the most complex ignition issues, our ultimate goal is to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Diagnosing ignition switch problems

Diagnosing an ignition switch problem definitely requires the help of a professional, so no matter how much of a rush you're in, don't be tempted to have a go at fixing your ignition problem yourself. You could end up making the problem worse than it originally was!

As technology continues to advance and automobiles become more sophisticated than ever before, the complex nature of vehicles has changed. It's important therefore that you never tamper with your car or van without the necessary skills, knowledge or expertise. As a general rule of thumb, if you've tried turning your key a few times and you're still unable to release it, make sure you contact an ignition specialist straight away.

There are lots of reasons for ignition problems, including....

  • Ignition failure
  • Damaged lock cylinder
  • Dead battery
  • Worn key
  • Damaged key
  • Dirt trapped in the mechanism
  • Debris trapped in the mechanism
  • Car is not in park

A certified automotive locksmith will be able to identify the problem and suggest a suitable solution, whether the key simply needs extracting or the ignition barrel needs replacing altogether. Many of our locksmiths even have the equipment and skills to cut a new key on the spot if needed.

Can I remove a jammed key from the ignition myself?

As with any complex issue, it's certainly not advisable to tackle the problem yourself, especially if you don't really know what you're doing.

This applies to extracting a key from the ignition, which is not an easy task. The vast majority of ignition systems are extremely complex and have been developed to work using one type of key. This means they can jam if the motions linked to the ignition system are disrupted.

With this in mind, you should always contact a professional who has the specialised tools, skills, and lubrication to remove the key quickly and safely.

How do I know whether it is the ignition cylinder or the key?

Knowing whether it's the cylinder or key that's causing your ignition issues is crucial. It's not always the key itself that is causing the problem - the locks, cylinders and other components linked to your ignition system are prone to failure over time, which can cause your key to get stuck.

But that's not all... transponder keys can also cause problems if the small chip that sends a signal to your car's ignition fails due to issues with the signal. If this happens, an expert will be required to reprogram or replace the key, or sometimes a complete ignition replacement is needed.

Why should I call in the professionals?

Getting your key stuck in the ignition is a lot more common than you might think, and the important thing is not to panic! We've auto locksmiths near you that are trained to identify any car, van, and motorcycle ignition issue quickly and efficiently, no matter where you are. Our ultimate goal is to get you back in the driving seat as quickly as possible.

Our locksmiths are also familiar with the following types of lock and key:

  • Standard front and back door locks and keys
  • Magnetic locks, keypads and key cards
  • Smart locks
  • Antique locks and keys

Our locksmiths can meet you any time, anywhere, and repair your car or van ignition on the spot, so before you try to rectify the problem yourself and potentially cause further issues, make sure you contact them for help. Remember - our auto locksmiths have experience in working with a vast range of different vehicles and ignition systems.

Do you need assistance with an ignition problem? If the answer is yes, get in touch today! Our friendly team is always on hand to help. And remember, our multi-skilled locksmiths are not only specialists in automotive locks and keys, they can also provide access to locked doors, windows, cupboards, trunks, lockers, padlocks, safes, and filing cabinets!

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