how much does it cost to replace ignition switch?

I have Volkswagen Jetta 2007. I need to replace the ignition switch (which means changing keys as well). How much would it cost?

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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In most cases, you’ll want to replace the ignition lock cylinder for your Volkswagen. We’ll have one of our service professionals send you a price quote as soon as possible.

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The average cost for a Volkswagen Jetta Ignition Switch Replacement is between $150 and $192. Labor costs are estimated between $63 and $80 while parts are priced between $87 and $113.
Part cost: $60 to $100. Labor charges: $75 to $150. Total replacement cost: $135 to $250.
You can replace the ignition switch yourself, but it`s not an easy task: you will have to remove the steering wheel and work close to the airbag – which can be dangerous. Don`t hesitate to call a professional mechanic if you`re not feeling confident.
The most common reasons a Volkswagen Jetta key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key.
The total ignition switch replacement cost can fall between $130-$480.
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.
Usually, an ignition switch replacement will only take about 20 minutes. However, it could take much longer depending on your car`s make and model and the complexity of the ignition covers. The best way to know for sure how long your service will take is to talk to the mechanic directly.
Most vehicles will require a new key when replacing an ignition switch, as the old key has worn down and is incompatible with the new set. However, some cars may be able to use an existing key, depending on the condition and make of the key.
The most common reasons a Volkswagen Jetta won`t start are a dead battery, an alternator problem, or failed starter. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
These new keys are not like the old ones you could get cut at the local Ace Hardware. Also, most newer keys have the keyless entry remote built into it. That will bring the cost up. The keys and remotes also need to programmed to the car, adding a little more to the cost.
The average cost for an Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement is between $234 and $281. Labor costs are estimated between $71 and $90 while parts are priced between $162 and $191.
Usually, an ignition switch replacement will only take about 20 minutes. However, it could take much longer depending on your car`s make and model and the complexity of the ignition covers. The best way to know for sure how long your service will take is to talk to the mechanic directly.
Most vehicles will require a new key when replacing an ignition switch, as the old key has worn down and is incompatible with the new set. However, some cars may be able to use an existing key, depending on the condition and make of the key.
To be safe, have a certified mechanic do it instead. Failure to replace a faulty ignition switch may leave you stranded in the middle of the road or cause your ride to stall in traffic, which is dangerous not only for you but for other drivers as well.

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how much does it cost to replace ignition switch?
ANSWER : Hi there:

In most cases, you’ll want to replace the ignition lock cylinder for your Volkswagen. We’ll have one of our service professionals send you a price quote as soon as possible.

Hi sir i have a Q . What should I replace if i want to replace the ignition switch fo nissan 350z 2003 other than the switch it’s
ANSWER : Hello. If the car needs a new ignition then you will need to replace the ignition lock cylinder along with the ignition switch. It sounds like they both may be damaged. Once they are installed the new key will need to be programmed to the vehicle using a factory scan tool. Before you buy the car, I suggest having a pre-purchase inspection done by a qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, to pinpoint any other issues and ensure a solid investment. Good luck.

I put a new ignition switch in my 2004 chrystlwr pacifica but it still wont start, how do i program rhe ignition switch?
ANSWER : Hello.

If your vehicle is not cranking, but the lights and accessories come on then it may be possible that the issue is rooted elsewhere. I would verify that the starting and electrical system are in good order. A no crank condition can be caused by a faulty battery, starter, starter solenoid, relay, or any of the wiring associated with these components. I would start with checking the battery and starter, and go from there. If you wish to program your new switch and key, the procedure is as follows:

Note: You must have two valid keys to add a new key to the system.

Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position for at least three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds. Then, Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first key.
Insert the second valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound. In addition, the vehicle security light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch to the lock position and remove the second key.
Insert the new key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position. Within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing. To indicate that programming is complete, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on again for seconds and then turn off.

The new key is now programmed. The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter will also be programmed during this procedure.

Repeat this procedure to program up to eight keys.

If you need some assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as one of our certified technicians can diagnose the starting issue firsthand and perform this procedure as necessary.

How to replace an ignition cylinder? do I also have to replace ignition switch? cause key has a chip that’s specific my dodge.
ANSWER : In some cases i have seen the outer ignition housing okay and just the key lock cylinder damaged. In others they damage the housing and ignition lock cylinder. In either case you cannot use your key; it will be a problem since the chip is programmed to your vehicle and will require programming. You may have to replace the entire housing on the column and have the new ignition key reprogrammed to start the car.

Before you purchase any parts, have it inspected to see the damaged parts so you get what is needed. You will need a qualified mechanic to install parts and program the key with a factory scanner. This may mean the dealer will have to do the programming of the new key or a specialized locksmith.

I put a new ignition switch in my 2004 Chrysler Pacifica but it still wont start, how do I program the ignition switch?
ANSWER : Hello. If your vehicle is not cranking, then I would first verify that the starter and electrical system are functioning correctly. Aside from a bad ignition switch, a few common causes for a no crank condition are a faulty starter, starter solenoid, starter relay, or bad wiring. If you replaced the switch, and wish to program the new keys the procedure is as follows:

Note: You must have two valid keys to add a new key to the system.

Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the
ON/RUN position for at least three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds.
Then, Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first key.
Insert the second valid key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the second key.
Insert the new key into the ignition switch. Turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN position within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound. In addition, the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing. To indicate that programming is complete, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on again for seconds and then turn off.

The new key should now be programmed. The Remote Keyless Entry transmitter will also be programmed during this procedure. Repeat this procedure to program up to eight keys. If you are still having problems with this after you’ve replaced the key, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the cranking issue.

2005 liberty evrything works but it will not crank have replaced ignition actuator, ignition switch, tried starting with screwdriv
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing all of the testing you have done, I always recommend making sure the basic components are working perfectly. This means making sure your battery is good, its connections (ground and both terminals) are clean, dry, and tight, and make sure your starter is working. Then turn to your fuse box and check the starter relay, and any fuses your vehicle may have pertaining to the ignition switch. From there if you need to, you will want to look into the wiring and connection to the starter switch. Using a voltmeter is easiest. Your goal is to trace the available power to each component and find out where the voltage drop is coming from. For more diagnostic help, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Replacement key for a new ignition switch
ANSWER : If the ignition lock was replaced with a GM piece, ordered through a dealer service department by your VIN number, then it may be as easy as ordering new keys from the dealer in the same manner, by your VIN. If the ignition was replaced with an aftermarket piece, then most likely, a locksmith may be your only alternative It wouldn’t hurt to contact the shop that installed it to see if they are of any assistance.

If I replace the ignition switch, can I use my existing BMW Keys with remote and valet key?
ANSWER : Yes, you can. The ignition switch is separate from the EWS system, so replacing the switch will still allow you to use the current keys you already have. Only if you have to replace a faulty key or EWS module will you have to possibly order all new keys.

One other possibility is there is an EWS issue where the key is not being properly identified not allowing the starting sequence. This would mean ordering an EWS module or keys from the dealer. Try out all keys you have to see if any will commence in the starting sequence. If none of the keys will start the vehicle, faults should be checked to ensure there are no EWS key identification faults. If no faults are present, then most likely the ignition switch is faulty. If there are key identification faults, then it’s either a key, module, or receiver that is the issue. You may want to consult with a mechanic who has the equipment to read out the Powertrain and EWS fault memories before replacing parts.