Ignition Lock Cylinder
Since the era of voice-activated cars is still millenniums away, your ignition system will continue to rely on one of its main components to start your engine. This component is the Ignition Lock Cylinder.
The Ignition Lock Cylinder is an assembly that consists of an ignition switch tumbler and an equivalent set of keys. It's not considered the electrical switch of your ignition system, and most of the time, you'll see it placed at the right side of your steering column. This assembly helps start the engine by igniting compressed gasoline. For superior durability, ignition lock cylinders are made of heavy-duty die cast metal.
As with all parts, this component is bound to wear out overtime. Prolonged use can cause this component to jam. Worse, it can become unusable if you happen to snap the key while it's still inserted. These scenarios will prevent you from starting the engine. That's why you should regularly check your ignition key lock cylinder, and replace it when necessary. You can find suitable replacements on the Web. This component is offered by many online retailers. Different assemblies are compatible with different makes and models, so be sure to check specifications before purchasing a replacement.