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06/30/2020
What are some common ignition switch problems? If you are looking for the answer to this question, this is the post for you. Learning about ignition switch problems can help you ensure you vehicle is in good condition. Learn more about this topic by reading this article by Synthetic Solutions in Zebulon, NC.

How often does it happen that you get in your car, put your key in the ignition switch, and are unable to get the car started? If this happens to you, you can be experiencing ignition switch problems. Ignition switch problems, when not taken care of properly, can be very dangerous for both you and your vehicle. To ensure you stay say and protected, read this article by Synthetic Solutions and learn about some of the most common ignition switch problems.

Immobilizer Problems

Nowadays, many vehicles work with transponder keys. Transponder keys are programmed and have a code that gets transmitted to the vehicle, which is also programmed with the same code. If the code in the key no longer matches the code in the car, you may be unable to start your vehicle. This can happen due to an electrical problem as well as to have a damaged key. If you encounter this problem, reach out to a professional that can reprogram your key.

Steering Wheel Binding

Are you familiar with the lock your steering wheel has? Steering wheels have a lock that is mechanically connected to the ignition cylinder. By having this lock, your steering wheel is protected from anyone who tries to drive your vehicle or move the steering wheel without having a key. If you happened to leave your wheel turned and the lock has been activated, you can easily fix this problem by turning your steering wheel back and forth until you are able to free the ignition cylinder.

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Worn Ignition Cylinder

Like all things, your ignition key and some of the cylinders in your car’s ignition system will wear out. Are you aware of how many times you have inserted and removed your ignition key? This, over time, its stress on the ignition cylinder, increasing wear and tear. Additionally, a worn-down key usually leads to having problems with turning a worn ignition cylinder, which may lead you to be unable to start your car.

Ignition Switch Fault

The ignition switch is connected by a shaft or a lever to the ignition cylinder. Inside the ignition switch are many contacts that are connected to the electrical system. These contacts and connections are crucial in order for the car to start. In the “OFF” position, there are no connections, which means nothing is powered. On the other hand, in the “START” position, as you may know, the starter is finally engaged. In the positions in between is where the car’s accessories get powered. If you have trouble starting your car or powering the accessories, you probably have an issue with the lock cylinder or the ignition switch.

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Key Won’t Come Out

Is your key stuck to the switch and won’t come out? If you encounter this problem, try moving the steering wheel back and forth until you feel it “click” into a locked position. From here, you should be able to easily get the key out. If the key is still stuck, you probably have a damaged column locking mechanism. Make sure to seek help from a professional to prevent further damaging your mechanism.

Broken Key or Foreign Object

If your key ever brakes or you find that a foreign object is lodged in your key ignition switch, don’t panic. What you need to do is look for the help of a professional. This may not be a hard problem to solve, but if you try to solve this problem on your own, you may only cause further damage to your ignition. It is crucial to avoid going this on your own as you may cause enough damage to have to replace your entire ignition.

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