Ignition Lock Repairs and Switch Replacement

What To Do If Your Ignition Key Doesn't Work?

Lightning Locksmiths are available all year round to efficiently assist with any ignition lock problems. Known as Melbourne’s safest and most reliable locksmiths, we have an exceptional reputation for delivering high quality customer service and great rates to new and existing clients.

Our professional team at Lightning Locksmiths can solve any malfunction you may have with your vehicle’s lock or keys.

We provide ignition lock repair services and switch replacement for all vehicle make and models in Melbourne, including Ford, GMC, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and many more. Vans, trucks, scooters and SUV's are all welcome!

We have a fully qualified team with over thirty years of experience and efficiency. Our trained automotive locksmiths will make it their priority to get to you quickly as possibly, wherever you may be, and repair your ignition switch with the highest attention to detail to ensure you never run into the same problem again. We provide competitive quotes, fast turnaround times and are fully endorsed by the Victorian Police.

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Does your Ignition Lock Need Repair?

If your ignition switch has failed or is due for a service, it’s important that you get it repaired immediately with a reputable locksmith.

A worn-and-torn, jammed or damaged cylinder is a common cause of an ignition lock no longer working. In this event, chances are your ignition switch most likely needs a repair or even replacement.

What are Signs of Common Ignition Problems?

  • Key broke in the ignition
  • Ignition key will not go in
  • Ignition lock is jammed
  • Ignition does not turn to the ‘off’ position
  • Key does not turn on the ignition
  • Key is stuck in the ignition
  • Dash lights are still off after turning the ignition
  • Ignition lock stuck on

If you notice any issues, give us a call on 0415309509.

If you require our emergency locksmith services, we will promptly send one of our technicians out to your convenience.

Vehicles and Vehicle Brands we Service

At Lightning Locksmiths, we service many vehicle brands, including:

  • Ford
  • Volkswagen
  • GMC
  • BMW
  • Audi
  • Hyundai
  • Mercedes
  • Honda
  • Toyota and many more

We  also specialise in providing ignition lock repair services for all vehicle types in Melbourne, including:

  • Cars
  • Motor scooters
  • Motorcycles
  • Vans
  • Caravans
  • SUV's
  • Trucks and more

Lightning Locksmith Has No Hidden Costs

All of our quotes provided on the price of an ignition lock repair or replacement are fixed and no-obligation.

We offer hassle free roadside assistance - there are no hidden costs or shady call-out fees.

We maintain complete transparency on all the costs involved for your repair or replacement prior to commencing the job.

Additionally, our experts will carefully explain what each cost involved entails and why it is the best option/s.

The Importance of Ignition Switch Replacements

A faulty ignition lock can be extremely frustrating, especially when you are on your way out to hit the road.

However, driving your vehicle with a faulty ignition switch can leave you stranded.

Repairing or replacing your ignition lock or switch when needed can prevent needless frustrations.

If your ignition switch only requires a small repair, doing it as soon as possible can save you big money on a potentially pricey replacement later on.

Preventing Ignition Lock Issues

Auto ignition locks generally have to do a lot of things at once - operate a 3 pole switch, prevent the steering wheel from rotating, endure any attempted force and resist unauthorised tampering.

Over time, your ignition switch will naturally develop some wear-and-tear, however there are ways to prevent serious issues:

Remove some keys:

Often, drivers place extra keys on their vehicle’s car ring. Remember, your car key has to be inserted into the lock and having extra weight on your car keys can put a lot of damaging pressure on your ignition switch.

Drive with caution:

Your keys jiggling - caused by the forces of bumps in roads, speed humps and potholes - can shave off the silver of the brass of your vehicle key and components of the lock. This increases wear and tear on your lock and key.

How do I know if my ignition switch needs to be replaced?

When it comes to problematic ignition switch, it’s not as simple as a quick repair.

It depends on the issue, which still needs to be established by a professional auto locksmith.

If your vehicle cranks but the engine does not start - this is one of the first signs that your ignition switch needs to be replaced.

Sometimes, there will be zero cranking as well; meaning there is no spark present.

In this case, your ignition requires a repair. If it cannot be repaired, it will need to be replaced.

Our professional experts at Lightning Locksmiths will be able to examine and verify the issue, and determine whether it requires a repair over a replacement.

Can I use a locksmith to replace or repair my ignition lock?

Yes, a locksmith is fully equipped to replace or repair a faulty ignition. Although a vehicle mechanic is more than qualified to replace or repair an ignition lock, if the issue lies with a lock then it should be done by a locksmith.

Additionally, don’t forget that unlike mechanics, an auto locksmith offers mobile service at your convenience and urgency.

Do I need to bring my vehicle to you?

No need to drive any further, because we come to your vehicle’s location; thus negating any further expenses and we eliminate the need to tow the car to a mechanic and find your way home.

As a professional mobile locksmith company who understands the importance of a healthy ignition switch, we provide reliable emergency auto locksmith services at your most convenient location in Melbourne.

Do I need to book an appointment?

This depends on your type of vehicle, its ignition lock complexity and the situation. It may also take time to obtain the required part/s depending on its availability.

Once we have all the required parts, it can take a couple of minutes to replace it. Majority of the time used to replace an ignition lock includes removing and putting back together the different components - screws, bolts, latches, covers, etc.

Do I need a new vehicle key?

Sometimes, the answer to getting your ignition lock to work again is a new key for your vehicle. In this case, we will quote you on an ignition key replacement. The cost of an ignition key replacement will depend on the make, model and year of your vehicle.

How long do ignition locks last?

Ignition locks generally last for a vehicle’s entire lifetime, unless damage is imposed or sudden failure occurs.

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