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How to Replace an Ignition Switch

The ignition switch is a key component of your car's operation; it works round-the-clock every time you drive. Hence, it is no surprise when it becomes worn out and requires replacement. Therefore, the question is no longer whether you should replace the ignition switch or not, but if you can do it yourself.

It is possible to go the DIY route when it comes to ignition switch replacement. However, getting it right requires expertise and a few tools, and the problem will need to be managed carefully so as not to worsen. In this article, we will take you through the process of replacing your ignition switch. However, we strongly recommend contacting Top Atlanta Locksmith in case of an emergency ignition switch replacement.

Ignition Problems: Signs and Symptoms

Ignition switches are electrical components located in your vehicle's steering compartment. The starter is connected to the battery, and the battery is connected to the starter. It is responsible for activating your vehicle's electrical system. You may need to replace your ignition switch if you notice any of these signs:

The dashboard lights, for example, do not turn on when you turn on the ignition
Difficulty in turning the key in the ignition
The engine will not start
After starting your car, it stalls

How to Replace an Ignition Switch Yourself

  • Disconnect the Battery

As a first step, disconnect your battery's negative terminal and ensure it does not come into contact during the ignition replacement process.

  • Remove the Steering Wheel Trim

Your ignition switch is hidden behind your steering column; only by removing your steering wheel trim will reveal it. This should be done according to the owner's manual for your car. Nevertheless, you can call a locksmith if you are not sure.

  • Take Out the Steering Wheel

Remove the steering wheel if you still cannot find the ignition switch. It may, however, not be necessary to perform this procedure in some car models.

  • Remove the Ignition Cover

An ignition switch always has a plastic cover, and you can access your faulty ignition switch by removing this cover with a screwdriver.

  • Take Out the Ignition Switch

To release your switch, you must set it to the 'acc' mode before removing it. The switch will also likely be held in place by small screws, and a screwdriver will be used to unscrew it to access the ignition switch easily.

  • Replace the Ignition Switch

Replacing the switch is the last step, and repeat the above process in ascending order until the steering column is positioned correctly.


Replacing your ignition switch is one that must be done immediately after it is discovered to prevent further damage from happening. However, without the proper training and experience, these processes may seem complicated. It is therefore recommended that you contact a professional locksmith if you are having trouble following the process.

A locksmith is a trained professional and possesses the necessary tool to perform an ignition switch replacement. Top Atlanta Locksmith is at your service if you need ignition replacement or any other lock-related services. Contact us today.