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Car Ignition Repair and Replacement

Locksmith, Knoxville, TN – Mobile Key Shop

Reliable service


If you’ve clicked on this page you are probably experiencing a problem with your key turning your ignition. There are 2 major causes for this:

  • The key is simply worn out. Many people think they can go to the hardware store and get a “new key”. Duplicating the worn out key gives you a new copy of a worn out key. It’s not going to work. The solution to a worn out car key is to have one cut back to factory specifications. Our automotive locksmiths can do this on the spot in a matter of minutes.
  • The ignition has an issue or has failed. Our car locksmiths can diagnose the problem quickly and repair or replace your ignition in no time. It’s not as bad as it sounds. We do this everyday and have gotten pretty great at it.

There are also a couple of minor causes of fussy ignitions:

  • The ignition needs lubrication. Feel free to try this. We like WD40. It works great and you probably have some on hand. Thinking of using graphite? Caution!! It is an excellent lock lubricant, however most applicators will apply hundreds of times too much into your ignition! You do not want a tablespoon of this stuff in your ignition clogging things up. Just go with a light dose of WD40.
  • The steering wheel is in a bind. Has everything worked perfectly up until today? Do you use the wheel to assist you getting into the car? Your wheel could simply be in a bind. Rotate the wheel against the resistance you feel while turning the key. This may solve your issue.
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Experience Matters

We have serviced thousands of ignitions over the last 30 years and have found the following vehicle ignitions to be particularly problematic:

  • Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep from the early 90’s to the present
  • Ford Focus up to 2005
  • Toyota 1992 – 2006
  • GM 1985 – 2007

But don’t worry! We can fix them!

Contact us for a free custom quote.


We'll Come To You.

There’s no need to pay for an expensive and time-consuming tow. We can come to you! Give us a call, and we’ll get you scheduled.

Accurate, Free Quotes.

We NEVER quote one thing and then charge another. I know this business inside and out. I already know what will be required to complete the job successfully. My fee is ALWAYS exactly what I quoted.

Best in Knoxville!

That’s what our customers say! We are Knoxville’s first and longest-running automotive lock specialists.

We Can Fix It!

Oftentimes, your damaged key or fob can be repaired. Give us a call and we’ll discuss it. Just don’t super glue it back together! It’s a lost cause after that. Tape is your friend. 🙂

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Customers ❤️ Us

Prompt, courteous service! Let me know when they would be able to get to me ...
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Julie G.
Prompt, courteous service! Let me know when they would be able to get to me and kept me informed. Would definitely recommend!
Prompt Courteous Service
Julie G.
If everyone on earth had this guys work ethic the world would be 200 years...
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If everyone on earth had this guys work ethic the world would be 200 years more advanced. guys a lifesaver, spent 2 hours one day trying to figure out the most irritating motorcycle ignition key, wasn’t able to get it the first day, charged me nothing for his time, but called back the next day refusing to be defeated by an old triumph ignition, came back the day after, had 3 keys cut within 30 minutes for as fair of a price as you can get. super good dude, one hell of a locksmith
Guy's a Lifesaver!
I'm very happy that I found Rich at Mobile Key Shop. He is very professional ...
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Benjie Ulibarri
I'm very happy that I found Rich at Mobile Key Shop. He is very professional and trustworthy. I presented him with a challenge that he gladly took on. He kept me updated every step of the way, and successfully completed the job at a much better price than the dealership. I'm thankful for his tenacity. This job required some out-of-the-box thinking, a new (expensive) tool purchase, and connections, which he has in his industry. That just tells you about the kind of guy he is. He has friends in the business and speaks highly of them, as they do of him (can confirm, I spoke with one). As long as I'm in Knoxville, Rich will be my first call for a locksmith. Call him if you need locksmith services, you won't regret it.
Very Professional and Trustworthy
Benjie Ulibarri

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