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Are you having trouble starting your vehicle? If so, you might be experiencing ignition switch problems. In order to ensure both you and your vehicle are protected and that everything works properly, learn about the topic by reading this article by Tarheel Synthetics in Lee County, NC.

Has it ever happened to you that you try to start your engine but don’t seem to be able to? If this happens it probably means you have ignition switch problems. If your car has ignition switch problems it can be dangerous when not taken care of, especially when being on the road. To ensure you and your vehicle are safe, read this article by Tarheel Synthetics and learn about some of the most common ignition switch problems.

Steering Wheel Binding

Steering wheels have a special lock that prevents anyone from turning the steering wheel without a key. The lock is mechanically connected to the ignition cylinder and can be activated if you happen to turn your steering while when turning off your vehicle. If this happens to you, you are in luck because this is a really easy problem to fix. All you need to do is to turn your steering wheel back and forth until you are able to free the ignition cylinder.

Worn Ignition Cylinder

As with all things, your ignition key and some of the cylinders in your car’s ignition system will wear out. Have you ever thought about how many times you have inserted and removed your ignition key? Over time, this creates stress on the ignition cylinder, increasing wear and tear. In addition, 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.

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Ignition Switch Fault

The ignition switch in your vehicle is connected to the ignition cylinder. It is inside the ignition switch where contacts 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 powering the accessories or starting the car overall, you probably have an issue with the lock cylinder or the ignition switch.

Immobilizer Problems

Nowadays, many vehicles work with transponder keys. Transponder keys are the ones enabling the engine and are programmed with a code that gets transmitted to the vehicle, which is also programmed with the same code. When 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 happen to have this problem, reach out to a professional that can reprogram your key.

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Key Won’t Come Out

Is your key stuck to the switch? This is a very common problem. If you find yourself in this situation, try moving the steering wheel back and forth until you feel it “click” into a locked position. After this step, the key should come out easily. If you are not successful, there is a chance you may have a damaged column locking mechanism. Make sure to seek the help of a professional to prevent further damaging the mechanism.

Broken Key or Foreign Object

From time to time, it can happen that a key brakes and gets stuck or that a foreign object gets trapped in the ignition switch. If you find yourself having this problem, the best thing to do is to get professional assistance. If you try to solve this problem on your own, you may only cause further damage to your ignition. Calling a professional is the best way of preventing having to change your entire ignition.

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