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Ultimately, the ignition switch is what tells your car’s engine to start up or turn off. If the switch is broken, it won’t be able to do those things. Imagine if your light switch is broken. If your lights are on when the switch breaks, you’ll have no way of turning them off. But if your lights are off when the switch breaks, you can’t turn them on. The same can happen with your ignition switch, and your car’s motor. The switch can get stuff turned off, keeping the car from turning on, no matter how much you turn the key. Or the switch can be stuck on, and when you turn the key counter-clockwise and remove it, the engine stays running. Both of these things are bad. You can decide which is worse.
Sometimes the ignition switch can get stuck. When this happens, the switch itself is working fine, it’s just the connection for the key that is failing. You might have a hard time getting your key into the ignition switch, and it could be really difficult to pull the key out. It also might be hard to turn the key one way or the other. All of this makes it a little hard to use your car effectively.
Yes, this one is exactly as fun as it sounds. Which is to say, not fun at all. If your ignition switch is failing, it’s common for the engine to randomly die. The switch will turn off while you’re driving, the car will stall, and you’ll be left with a car that isn’t running anymore. This is perhaps the most common symptom of a failing ignition switch.
If the ignition switch is malfunctioning, it will begin to take some of the electrical power away from your car. And that means your accessories will start to have some issues. They’ll probably keep working, you’ll just witness occasional or temporary loss of power to them. The lights will dim, the music may pause, and the signals and signs on your dashboard might flicker. It’s a little eerie! But probably just a sign of a struggling ignition switch.Get a Quote 1-Year | 12,000-Mile Warranty
Did you read that one symptom, about the car not turning on, or not turning off? Did either of those scenarios sound fun to you? I’m guessing not. If your ignition switch is failing, then you’ll want to get it replaced immediately…if you actually plan on driving your car.
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