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Ignition Switch Replacement Cost

How Much Does Ignition Switch Replacement Cost?

low costAverage Part: $50-$250average costTypical Replacement: $100-$400, Parts and Labor
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There are actually two parts that might be referred to as an ignition switch: the ignition lock cylinder that the key is inserted into to start the car, and the actual electronic ignition switch (located behind the lock cylinder) that provides power to the starter motor. In some vehicles the lock cylinder and ignition switch are a single unit, but in others they are separate components. The main symptom of a bad ignition switch is failure to start when the key is turned, although this can be caused by other factors.

Typical costs:

  • An ignition switch can cost $12-$550 or more but averages about $50-$250, depending on the make and model of vehicle, if it is a single part or a combined unit (both ignition switch and lock cylinder), and whether the part is aftermarket (produced by a company other than the original vehicle manufacturer) or OEM (from the vehicle manufacturer). For example, Autozone[1] charges $39 for an aftermarket ignition switch for a 2008 Honda Accord, $37 for a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 truck, $52 for a 2008 Ford Focus and $294 for a 2008 Lexus LS640. OEM parts from a dealership typically cost more than aftermarket products.
  • Installing an ignition switch typically takes 1-1.5 hours, at $50-$120 an hour, depending on local rates and whether the work is done at an independent or chain repair shop, or a dealership (typically the most expensive). This brings typical total costs (parts and labor) for professional installation to about $100-$400, although total costs can be $75-$100 with aftermarket parts and inexpensive labor, and $400-$600 or more for high-end vehicles with OEM parts at a dealership.
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What should be included:
  • If the vehicle has anti-theft devices (common in newer cars), attempting to remove an ignition switch without proper tools may make the car inoperable. The exact procedure varies by vehicle, but but for some vehicles replacing an ignition switch requires disassembling the plastic steering column covers. A mechanic provides a video demonstration[2] of replacing an ignition switch on a Saturn S series.
  • explains how to determine if the ignition switch is bad[3] .
Additional costs:
  • If the ignition switch has shorted out, the surrounding wires may be melted or burned, and will also need to be replaced, which will increase the total cost slightly.
Shopping for ignition switch replacement:
  • An ignition switch can be replaced by a car dealership, an independent repair shop, or car-repair chains like Pep Boys[4] or Sears[5] . Both the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[6] and the International Automotive Technicians Network[7] provide a searchable directory of repair shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[8] .
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ignition switch
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: vhart in Catawba, SC.Posted: July 21st, 2015 08:07AM
Car Make: KiaCar Model: Optima
Car Year: 2009Auto Shop:
The switch locked and would not turn at all. A local mechanic said I needed a locksmith and recommended one that he would call had I towed my car to his shop. The locksmith could not find a switch for my car locally and had to special order overnight. When he came out to replace it, it only took him about 30 min.
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Ignition switch
Amount: $35.00
Posted by: brian s in POLLOCK PINES, CA.Posted: March 31st, 2015 09:03PM
Car Year: 1995Auto Shop: Autozone
bought the part at autozone for $35 and replace myself in about 20 minutes. It's very easy and there are plenty of how to videos on YouTube.
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Ignition Switch
Amount: $265.00
Posted by: Rob8 in Neptune, NJ.Posted: December 24th, 2014 11:12AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Focus SE
Car Year: 2001Auto Shop: America\'s Locksmith
Was quoted fixed fee of $170. Tech came out, said he needed another part and returned next day with a lock cylinder. Replaced cylinder and said fee was $265. Rip off. I suggest anyone needing a lock cylinder replacement first call Pep Boys or Autozone and find out what a new lock cylinder costs. A new cylinder comes with 2 new keys. Knowing the cost of parts, you can negotiate a fixed fee for labor. Don't let these guys rip you off because of ignorance. It's disgusting. It only takes a qualified tech about an hour to swap out a lock cylinder. That's not worth $170/hr.
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ignition switch
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: Paul B. in Dawsonville, GA.Posted: November 16th, 2014 06:11AM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Escort
Car Year: 1995Auto Shop: Tower Auto Repair
I was ripped off!They also charged me a $70.00 diagnostic fee! Another shop told be they would've done it for $179.00 and no diagnostic fee because they could tell in 5 minutes if it was the ignition switch or the starter. I asked them to lower the bill $75.00 which they refused to do! After bringing both my cars to them for 5 years, they lost my business forever! How stupid can you be!
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Ignition Switch
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Jazz Duran in South Gate, CA.Posted: October 3rd, 2014 07:10PM
Car Year: 1998Auto Shop: Maestros Auto Shop
I think he totally stole from me. Googling now, that part cost atleast $39 that means 170 went for labor. And now youtubing shows that it's not a very hard process.
In the beginning he had said $200 but it was going to come with a change of keys and whatever so of course it made sense. But then he showed me what he actually changed which is the small part of the ignition switch and he rings me up and says $220!!! Are you joking?! I got so mad and he then lowered it to $200. I've never been so angry! I could've easily done it myself and it wouldn't have taken me a whole 2 days!
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