Our auto locksmith can replace an ignition on the spot for you.
The ignition lock is usually located on a motor vehicle’s steering column, dashboard or center console. When a key is inserted in the cylinder and turned, the vehicle’s engine will start. The ignition-lock cylinder is slotted to hold a unique ignition key so that another key cannot be used to start the vehicle. The ignition key also allows some automotive accessories to operate even though the vehicle may not be running. When the key is turned to the “accessory” position, a circuit becomes active that operates the radio, windshield wipers, cigarette lighter and so forth. On older vehicles the ignition lock cylinder will wear over time from the constant action of inserting and removing the key and will need to be replaced.
- If you need to replace your ignition lock cylinder because you have lost your keys, the cylinder will need to be drilled out with a ½” drill bit attached to an electric drill. Place the drill bit over the key slot on the cylinder and begin drilling. Drill only far enough into the cylinder so that the cylinder can be removed. The ignition switch may need to be replaced when removing your lock cylinder in this fashion since the drill bit may destroy it.
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