The ignition switch has several functions which includes accessories, ignition on, start, ignition off. The ignition switch works best if the keys are not cut and recut because basically it will jam up the ignition. The ignition switch may also be connected to a steering lock mechanism.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The ignition key barrel and switch are subject to wear and there is a tendency is to get another key cut. Do not get another key cut because this key may cause the barrel to jam and not to turn. This only has to happen once and it won’t turn again. A sticking barrel lock assembly needs to be attended to A.S.A.P. If the ignition key is playing up and hard to turn it will eventually lock up.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR?
For a complete replacement of the ignition barrel and key it could cost from $80.00-$180.00.
TEMPORARY REPAIR AND LONG TERM REPLACEMENT
A sticking barrel may only need a squirt of graphite powder to free up the weighers inside the barrel. Be very gentle as weighers are fragile and require gentle manipulation. If the barrel sticks again get another ignition barrel and key A.S.A.P. A jammed lock will make it very difficult if towing is required. Get your local mechanic to fit a new barrel and have him get the key calibrated at a locksmith’s so it fits the doors so you don’t have to use two keys for the one vehicle. Still use the one key and have the ignition calibrated to the outside door locks.
By Darren Gow-Brown