How to Start a Car With a Bad Ignition Switch

by Joshua Thomas

This blog post is about how to start a car with a bad ignition switch. If you have been looking for information on how to get your car started when the key won't turn, this article will provide some helpful tips. It discusses what causes a malfunctioning ignition switch and provides an overview of various methods for starting the vehicle in these situations.

This article also offers guidance on preventative maintenance that can help you avoid future problems with your ignition switch. The last section of the blog post includes steps on how to change out a faulty or broken ignition switch yourself without having to take it into an auto repair shop and pay exorbitant fees.

How to Start a Car With a Bad Ignition Switch
How to Start a Car With a Bad Ignition Switch

The first thing you need to do is find a good ignition switch. The next step is to replace the old one with the new one. After that, just put everything back together and your car should start right up.

  • Get a screwdriver
  • Pry off the steering wheel cover to expose the ignition switch
  •  Unplug the battery cables and wait for at least 5 minutes before reconnecting them
  • Check all connections, including corrosion on battery terminals
  • Put your key in the ignition switch and turn it to position 1 or 2 (depending on what you need)
  • Start your car with help from someone else who has jumper cables or another vehicle.

Can you jump start a car with a bad ignition switch?

We all know that a bad ignition switch can cause a lot of problems for your vehicle. So what if the problem is only with the switch and not anything else? In this blog post, we will explore whether or not it is possible to jump start a car with a bad ignition switch.

A car's ignition switch is its most important component, and when it fails to work properly, the battery can't be charged. What are your options? The first thing you should do is get the vehicle towed to a mechanic for diagnosis. If they determine that the problem lies in the wiring or another part of the electrical system, then jump starting won't help. With some luck though, you might just need a new ignition switch.

Is there a way to bypass an ignition switch?

If you want to bypass an ignition switch, there are a few ways to do it. One is by using a car alarm or immobilizer that can be used when the car is parked in order to cut off power and keep someone from stealing your vehicle. Another option would be opening up the steering column and disconnecting wires so that they don't make contact with each other; this will still allow you to start your vehicle without the key in the ignition.

The ignition switch is one of the most important components in an automobile. Without it, you can't turn your car on and drive away. The problem with this component is that it's so susceptible to wear and tear because it's constantly under pressure from turning the key over and over again.

If you're noticing a lot of problems with your car, such as not starting or stopping suddenly, these could be signs that your ignition switch needs to be changed out for a new one. There are other ways to bypass the ignition switch if need be, but they aren't quite as safe or effective.

How do you troubleshoot an ignition switch?

The ignition switch is a common component in the engine's electrical system, and it controls power to the spark plugs. In some cases, if you have an intermittent problem with your vehicle not starting or stalling without warning, then this could be due to a faulty ignition switch. If you're going to replace your own car's ignition switch, then there are a few things that you need to do first-hand before attempting anything on your own.

  1. Turn the ignition key to ON and OFF several times
  2. Check for loose or worn parts in the steering column, such as a turn signal lever or ignition switch
  3.  If you have an electronic ignition system, check for power at the fusebox
  4. Use a voltmeter to test voltage on various circuits of the wiring harness
  5. Remove any obstacles that may be preventing your vehicle from starting
  6. Check fuel level, engine oil level, coolant temperature, and battery charge before troubleshooting further.

The ignition switch is a common problem on older cars. Before you start, make sure all the fuses are working and that there's gas.

Why is my ignition switch not working?

An ignition switch is a key component in your vehicle. It's responsible for activating the starter and supplying power to your car's electrical components. But how does it work? When you turn the key in the ignition, a small metal rod pushes against a contact on the side of an electric switch that completes or breaks an electrical circuit which then starts or stops your engine. Simple as that!

An article from Automobile Magazine states that about one out of every three cars has experienced some sort of problem with their ignition system at some point during its life span. If this sounds like something you're experiencing now, don't worry! Read on for more information on what could be going wrong and how to fix it yourself.

The ignition switch on your car is controlled by a small motor that can stop working. If this happens, it could cause your key not to work in the lock and/or you not to be able to start the engine.


It's not always easy to start a car with a bad ignition switch. The problem is often that the keys are jammed in, but there are other ways around it too. For instance, if your battery isn't dead and you can get one of the doors open (typically by prying off the door panel), then all you need do is pop out the safety key release on top of your steering wheel column. If you cannot access either safety key release or any metal items nearby for leverage, try using some wiring from inside your vehicle to help pull up on one side of the lock cylinder while pushing down on the other side with something like another wire or even just an ice scraper blade! Hopefully these tips.

About Joshua Thomas

Joshua Thomas just simply loves cars and willing to work on them whenever there's chance... sometimes for free.

He started CarCareTotal back in 2017 from the advices of total strangers who witnessed his amazing skills in car repairs here and there.

His goal with this creation is to help car owners better learn how to maintain and repair their cars; as such, the site would cover alot of areas: troubleshooting, product recommendations, tips & tricks.

Joshua received Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University.

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