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What is the cost & do I have to take it to a dealer to get an ignition switch replaced?

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Can I replace the ignition switch and lock cylinder assembly myself? Would I need to have the new one programmed?


get a locksmith to cut keys to suit the existing lock barrel then program the keys to suit the vehicle
it is a difficult job to replace the switch so get a workshop manual if you want to do it yourself

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Key is stuck in on position and wont turn off in my 2009 chevy cobalt.


Hello Pete...This is a common problem on the Cobalt, you have a defective switch. GM issued a bulletin on this problem. The ignition switch and housing were replaced to correct it,
Talk to your dealer about it, they are aware of it and should repair it at no cost to you.
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Lights staying on when key taken out i am having too disconect battery every time i stop because its draining battery


offhand sounds like you need a new ignition switch, is not doing its job. since both can be changed with nearly the same labor, get a new lock cylinder and avoid duplicating labor cost. you may find once you get in there that a special tool is going to be required to take the old ignition switch out due to anti-theft hardware.

it may behoove you to get an estimate from a dealer, where they have the special tools. also if there is some other error causing the problem they may SAVE you some money spent on replacing the wrong component. there could well be defective circuitry, independent of the ignition switch, designed to shut the lights off a few minutes after shutdown and that is what really needs replacing.

no one wants to pay dealer labor costs but there are some situations, especially electronic issues, where they are way ahead of do-it-yourself or the corner mechanic.

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The first time I did this I went to the local auto parts store and bought the shop manual for the car, which shows how to remove and replace ignition switch. (manual was around $25) Then I went to auto wrecker parts yard where they left ignition keys in the car, and got practice by removing the ignition from the donor car. Next head back home to replace your old ignition switch. This is cheapest way to do it yourself.

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We have replace many Ignition switches for this concern. If there is not a recall found for this concern, Have it REPLACED with a ignition switch from the DEALER ONLY!!! After market switches will work for a short period of time (weeks to a couple month) then fail again, costing you more labor again. Craig

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if u notify dealer with vin number they should be able to cut u a new key --if ur key had a electronic chip in it still would need to notify dealer ----if u want to replace ignition switch the switch runs about $130 if electronic more -then u need to add on the price of installing it $65-75 an hour labor cost-- some not many lock- smiths do automotive ignition keys [non electronic ] from vin number

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I had the same ignition problem go on for about a year before it finally died. I had it diagnosed at one dealer, told it was a BCM & Egnition Switch, so I thought I would save money by the oart and di it my self. Dealer cost was $1000.00, my cost ( I thought) was $300.00 for part and a reprogramming fee of $95.00., so i thought. After getting everything in, car still would not start cause I called another dealer and I was told that the car will not start without the BCM being programmed. I had to have the car towed $88.00 bucks. Long story short, my car was mis-diagnosed by dealer number one and fixed by dealer number 2. My starting problem was 3 little wires inside the car under neath the brake pedal that were getting wear and tear and corrosion because of Pontiacs brilliant location for these 3 little wires. My final bill for everything still ended costing me $1000.00. I should have been smarter and had more that one dealer look at my car.

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Ign switch removel 97 jetta


I had the same problem a couple of years ago. I googled it and found that I needed the ignition switch replaced. I had to take it to the dealer (I checked other places, but the dealer was the least expensive). It ended up costing me about $250, but there were instructions on the Internet for replacing the switch. I'm just not mechanical enough to try it, and some folks said it was a tough job. I googled 97 Jetta ignition switch replace and the instructions came up. I took the printouts to the dealer and told them: here's what's wrong. Of course they didn't believe me until they checked it out for themseleve. Grrr.

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I have a '99 suburban and had the same problem. Couldn't figure it out. Took it to the dealer, and it was a engine disable type module. There is a sensor in the ignition switch that "sees" the key (connected to this module), and allows the engine to start/run. Could be the sensor or the module. My problem was the module. Seem to remember costing about $500 with troubleshooting, parts, labor. Good luck.

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