The ignition switch has many practical uses, from starting the vehicle's electrical devices and powering the fuel and ignition, to activating the engine. Located on the steering column or dash area, the ignition switch also locks the steering wheel when there's no key in it, making it a useful deterrent for thiefs and one of the most important components of any vehicle.
However, through everyday use, the ignition switch can eventually wear out and succumb to faults. Such failures usually occur over a gradual period rather than instantly, but there are many tell-tale signs that indicate a faulty ignition switch and that your vehicle may need to be taken in for repair.
Key Won't Turn
Excessive wear-and-tear can prevent the key from accurately lining up with the keyhole. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may notice the key not entering the ignition switch as smoothly, failing to turn, or even failing to insert altogether.
Engine Won't Start
The vehicle relies on the ignition switch to draw power from the battery and ignite the fuel, so if the switch is faulty, your car will not start. Other technical faults, such as a dead battery, could also be the cause of this issue; a professional mechanic can quickly and correctly diagnose the problem.
Car Keeps Stalling Whilst Driving
If your vehicle keeps stalling whilst in operation, it could indicate that the ignition switch is cutting off power to the ignition and fuel system. This can become a real safety issue for yourself and other road users and should be checked urgently.
Electrical Accessories Won't Turn On
When turned to the first position, the ignition switch activates all electrical accessories, including the dashboard lights and radio, among other functions. If these parts fail to switch on, it could indicate an issue with the ignition switch, lock cylinder or wiring.
Silent Starter Motor
An easy way to establish an ignition switch fault is if you cannot hear any noise from the starter motor switching on when you turn the key.
If you need ignition switch repair, give our auto repair shop a call today.