There are many signs that you may have ignition problems. A worn key or worn pins inside the ignition cylinder may be causing a connection failure that has the unit theft functions of the ignition preventing the car from being started. Sometimes the engine will not crank even though the key turns in the ignition, and this is usually caused by an issue in the ignition switch. Even if the engine cranks it may still have a problem starting and this may be due to a malfunctioning receiver in the ignition system. A worn ignition switch may even cause your car to die once you have started the vehicle and have already begun to drive.
When replacing the ignition lock, or ignition lock cylinder, most cars will need the steering column cover removed before the process can begin. Other vehicles, where this is not necessary, will have an access hole that allows the ignition to be removed more easily. There may be a variety of securing methods on the ignition lock itself, ranging from form-fitting plastic covers to fastening screws. Before going any further in the process, it is made sure that all objects fixing the ignition lock in place are removed properly. Once these are removed the key must be placed into the ignition. If the key has broken that is also no issue, as Locksmith Solutions Now offers car key extraction (described below). Once the key is extracted it might be possible to duplicate from that key or from the key code, another service (described above) offered by Locksmith Solutions Now. The key is moved to the accessory position (labeled ACC) and the locksmith then finds the push pin locking mechanism (usually found underneath or to the side on the ignition cylinder). The pin is pushed until it clicks, which lets you know the cylinder is unlocked. On some makes and models, the key may need to be turned slightly to the right as the pin is pushed in. Once removed the process is reversed to install the new cylinder. This process may be more complicated in some cars and require steering wheels or air bags to be removed. When dealing with any of these issues, the experience is always valuable because of wiring and electronics that may need to be unplugged properly.