Repaired a broken ignition lock cylinder and made a new key for a 97 Ford Expedition.
Is your car, truck, or SUV having issues with the ignition lock? If so, here’s a list of some of the most common issues that could arise:
Vehicle Ignition Lock Issues
- Key won’t turn in the ignition: This is a common issue where the key gets stuck or won’t turn in the ignition cylinder. It can be caused by a worn-out key, a damaged ignition cylinder, or issues with the steering column.
- Ignition switch failure: The ignition switch is responsible for sending power to various components of the vehicle, including the ignition system. If the ignition switch fails, the vehicle may not start or the engine may stall while driving.
- Ignition cylinder lockout: Some vehicles have an anti-theft feature that can activate a lockout mode, preventing the ignition cylinder from turning if it detects an unauthorized key or tampering. This issue may require reprogramming or resetting the anti-theft system.
- Broken key in the ignition: Keys can occasionally break inside the ignition cylinder, making it impossible to start the vehicle. Removing the broken key may require professional assistance.
- Ignition cylinder jamming: Over time, dirt, debris, or worn-out parts can cause the ignition cylinder to become jammed, making it difficult or impossible to turn the key.
- Ignition cylinder wear: Frequent use of the ignition key can cause wear to the ignition cylinder, resulting in a loose or wobbly key, or difficulty turning the key.
- Faulty ignition wiring: Issues with the electrical wiring connecting the ignition switch to the starter or other components can lead to intermittent starting problems or a complete failure to start the vehicle.
- Ignition system malfunction: Problems with the ignition system, such as a faulty ignition coil, spark plugs, or distributor, can result in difficulty starting the engine or a misfire while driving.
- Steering wheel lock: Some vehicles have a steering wheel lock mechanism that engages when the ignition is off. If the steering wheel is turned too far in either direction, it can cause the steering wheel lock to engage, making it difficult to turn the key or start the vehicle.
- Ignition cylinder replacement: If the ignition cylinder is severely damaged or worn out, it may need to be replaced entirely. This is a more extensive repair that should be done by a qualified technician.
If you’re experiencing issues with your vehicle’s ignition lock, give us a call to request mobile locksmith service at your location in Tucson, AZ. Our technicians have the tools and expertise to diagnose and fix ignition locks, and can replace lost or broken car keys.