How Long Does an Ignition Switch Last?

ignition switch

Most car owners fail to realize just how much work getting a car started is. In order for this process to work the right way, a variety of different parts on the car will have to work in unison. Making sure that the power from the ignition gets to the starter and other electrical components is the job of the ignition switch. This switch will also allow for the instrument cluster lights and other cabin accessories to come on. The ignition switch gets used every time that you try to crank your car up. Failing to have a properly working ignition switch can lead to you not being able to start and run your car as intended.

Much like any other switch or relay on a car, the ignition switch is supposed to last as long as the car does. The regular use that this part of the car receives mixed with the frailty of the wires that it contains can lead to it not working over. Not having a car working at full capacity due to a bad switch can be very frustrating and stressful. Rather than ignoring the warning signs that this switch is going bad, you will need to take the time to get it looked at by a professional.

There are a variety of things that a mechanic can do in order to narrow down the ignition issues you are experiencing. Not getting this type of professional help will usually lead to a misdiagnosis. Usually, the ignition switch will go out very slowly, which means there will be a number of warning signs that you will notice. Taking these warning signs seriously and getting the right repairs done will help a car to stay running like it is supposed to.

Here are some of the things that you may notice when your ignition switch is going bad:

  • The car will not start
  • The car will start but then quickly die out
  • There are various interior electrical components that do not work

When you begin to notice these signs, you will need to act quickly to get the right repairs done. Hiring professionals to replace the bad ignition switch is your best course of action.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

More related articles

How Long Does a Fuel Filler Neck Last?
Getting gas from the pump to your gas tank is the only way to keep a car going. The fuel filler neck is a metal tube that is welded to the...
P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222 code means The manufacturer specifies a range of acceptable voltage to be produced from the throttle position...
Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...

Related questions

Q: ok im getting a pontiac sunfire, it turns over and revs but wont shift. guy says its the ignition switch

Hello. If the engine is running but you cannot put the car in gear, there could be an issue with the shift linkage (that is a mechanical linkage that connects the shift lever to the manual valve lever in the...

Q: AC issues

It sounds like you may have a bad speed selector switch or faulty fan motor. It may also be possible that one of the flaps that control where the air blows may be directing the air somewhere else. I suggest...

Q: Car starting, but turning off

You may be having an issue with the antitheft system not enabling the fuel system or possibly your fuel pump may be having an issue. Take a look at the antitheft light on the dashboard, when the problem is happening...