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GMC Acadia Ignition Switch Replacement

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2020 GMC Acadia

2.0L L4 Turbo SLE • 19,000 miles

Berkeley ,  CA 94708

$177 - $217

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2019 GMC Acadia

3.6L V6 SLE • 13,000 miles

Clayton ,  CA 94517

$159 - $195

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2009 GMC Acadia

3.6L V6 SLE • 75,000 miles

Rescue ,  CA 95672

$152 - $186

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2012 GMC Acadia

3.6L V6 SLT • 137,000 miles

Long Beach ,  CA 90803

$166 - $202

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2020 GMC Acadia

3.6L V6 SLT • 15,000 miles

Corona ,  CA 92883

$168 - $206

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What is an Ignition Switch?

An ignition switch is a part of your car that you use all the time, but probably take for granted a fair bit. You might not even think about it. But you use it all the time. Unless you have a newer car with the push button to start, in which case move along, there’s nothing for you to see here. The ignition switch is, as you probably guessed, an electrical switch. Whenever you turn the key to start your car, you rotate a cylindrical component, called a lock cylinder, which, in turn, acts on the ignition switch There. That’s it! Okay, let’s expand on that. The ignition switch has four positions. There’s the lock/off position, which is when everything is turned off. When you turn off your car and take out the key, you put the car in the lock/off position. Then there’s the accessory, position, which allows all the accessories (like the stereo) to work. The next position is the run position, which provides power to the engine controls, but doesn’t actually get the engine running. And finally, there’s the start position, which tells the starter motor to kick things into action, and gets the motor moving running so your car can drive. As you turn the key, the ignition switch turns on and off all these components, allowing your car to function in the way you always take for granted. Which is great. The ignition switch is durable, and it’s unlikely that you’ll have to replace it. But all good things come to an end, and sometimes that good thing is the health and life of your car’s ignition switch. And then you’ll need a replacement.

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Symptoms of a failing Ignition Switch

Engine won’t start…or stop

Ultimately, the ignition switch is what tells your car’s engine to start up or turn off. If the switch is broken, it won’t be able to do those things. Imagine if your light switch is broken. If your lights are on when the switch breaks, you’ll have no way of turning them off. But if your lights are off when the switch breaks, you can’t turn them on. The same can happen with your ignition switch, and your car’s motor. The switch can get stuff turned off, keeping the car from turning on, no matter how much you turn the key. Or the switch can be stuck on, and when you turn the key counter-clockwise and remove it, the engine stays running. Both of these things are bad. You can decide which is worse.

Key gets stuck

Sometimes the ignition switch can get stuck. When this happens, the switch itself is working fine, it’s just the connection for the key that is failing. You might have a hard time getting your key into the ignition switch, and it could be really difficult to pull the key out. It also might be hard to turn the key one way or the other. All of this makes it a little hard to use your car effectively.

Engine randomly dies

Yes, this one is exactly as fun as it sounds. Which is to say, not fun at all. If your ignition switch is failing, it’s common for the engine to randomly die. The switch will turn off while you’re driving, the car will stall, and you’ll be left with a car that isn’t running anymore. This is perhaps the most common symptom of a failing ignition switch.

Occasional loss of accessories

If the ignition switch is malfunctioning, it will begin to take some of the electrical power away from your car. And that means your accessories will start to have some issues. They’ll probably keep working, you’ll just witness occasional or temporary loss of power to them. The lights will dim, the music may pause, and the signals and signs on your dashboard might flicker. It’s a little eerie! But probably just a sign of a struggling ignition switch.

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How urgent is an Ignition Switch replacement?

Did you read that one symptom, about the car not turning on, or not turning off? Did either of those scenarios sound fun to you? I’m guessing not. If your ignition switch is failing, then you’ll want to get it replaced immediately…if you actually plan on driving your car.

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How much does a Ignition Switch Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a GMC Acadia Ignition Switch Replacement is $200 with $96 for parts and $104 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2010 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$590.51Shop/Dealer Price$717.52 - $1073.78
2013 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$568.51Shop/Dealer Price$695.54 - $1051.82
2007 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$568.51Shop/Dealer Price$695.53 - $1051.81
2008 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$568.51Shop/Dealer Price$695.51 - $1051.77
2012 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$568.51Shop/Dealer Price$695.55 - $1051.84
2018 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$295.65Shop/Dealer Price$354.46 - $506.09
2017 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$301.15Shop/Dealer Price$359.81 - $511.33
2016 GMC AcadiaV6-3.6LService typeIgnition Switch ReplacementEstimate$574.01Shop/Dealer Price$701.29 - $1057.77

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What is the Ignition Switch all about?

The ignition switch, located on the steering column or in the dashboard, takes the power from the battery and directs it to all the accessories and electrical components of your car. It also transfers the power to the starter when you turn the ignition key. If the starter does not receive power from the ignition key, the car will not start. When the ignition switch goes bad, your car may not start and the accessories (lights, radio, etc.) may not work. Replacing an ignition switch can be as simple as removing a few screws to access the ignition switch, or as complicated as removing the whole steering column.

Ignition Switch

Keep in mind:

  • After an ignition switch is replaced, all electrical components should be checked to ensure proper operation.

How it's done:

  • Check the condition of the ignition switch.
  • Remove and replace the ignition switch if it is bad.
  • Verify operation of electrical components.

Our recommendation:

The battery feeds power to ignition switch, so it is important for the ignition system that the battery is in good condition. Don't put too much weight on your key ring because this can damage the key and the tumbler part of the ignition switch. If there is no power inside the car (none of the electrical components are working), have the mechanic inspect the main fuses. If the fuses are good, then the mechanic should inspect the ignition switch and other electrical components.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Ignition Switch?

  • Car may not start.
  • Car starts then dies.
  • Some electrical components may not work (radio, clock, lights, etc.).

How important is this service?

The ignition switch serves to send power from the battery. When you turn your key to turn on your vehicle, the ignition switch takes power from the battery and sends it to the starter, which allows your vehicle to turn on. When you turn on any electrical components in your vehicle (such as your lights, radio, and air conditioning), the ignition switch draws power from the battery, and sends it to these electrical components to power them. When your ignition switch stops working, your starter and your electrical components have no way of drawing power from your battery. With a faulty ignition switch, you won’t be able to use your radio, lights, or air conditioning, and you won’t be able to turn on your vehicle. In extreme cases, a broken ignition switch won’t allow you to turn your vehicle off, even if you remove the key.

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General Motors announces 3 new recalls amid ignition switch investigation

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DETROIT – GM on Monday said it expects to take a charge of approximately $300 million in the first quarter primarily for the cost of the repairs for the three safety actions and the previously announced ignition switch recall. The automaker also announced three new recalls involving SUVs, luxury sedans and full-size vans.

"I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly," said Mary Barra, GM CEO. "That is what today's GM is all about."

The new recalls are:

  • 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds

  • 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years

  • 1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years

The full-size vans with gross vehicle weights of 10,000 pounds or less do not comply with a head impact requirement for unrestrained occupants, requiring a rework of the passenger instrument panel material.


Read: Safety group claims 303 deaths linked to recalled GM cars

Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until development of the solution has been completed and parts are available. Customers will be notified at that time. Repairs will be made at no charge to customers.

Read: GM to offer free loaner cars, cash to small-car owners

Ignition switch safety information: GM launches website for consumers

View: GM report


In the XTS, a brake booster pump can create positive pressure within the wiring harness attached to the pump relay. This pressure can lead to the dislodging of a plug in the brake booster pump relay, allowing corrosive elements to enter the connector and form a low-resistance short that could lead to overheating, melting of plastic components and a possible engine compartment fire.

GM is aware of two engine compartment fires in unsold vehicles at dealerships and two cases of melted components.

With respect to the Enclave, Traverse, Acadia and Outlook, the vehicles are equipped with a Service Air Bag warning light in the driver information center. Ignoring the Service Air Bag warning light will eventually result in the non-deployment of the side impact restraints, which include driver and passenger seat-mounted side air bags, front center air bag (if equipped), and the seat belt pretensioners.


To repair the condition, dealers will remove the driver and passenger side air bag wiring harness connectors and splice and solder the wires together.

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Ignition Switch Problems of GMC Acadia

1 Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 11/01/2019

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that after turning the ignition switch to the off position the vehicle would remain on and would sputter before turning off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the ignition switch and the cabin fuse box but the failures continued to occur. Local dealer bill kramer Chevrolet(2251 w. 23rd st. Panama city FL. ) and the manufacturer were notified of the failure but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 165,000. Jft.

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2 Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 09/01/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. After turning the ignition switch to the off position, the engine would not immediately shut off. Also, the vehicle would not immediately start when turning the ignition switch to the on position. The contact stated that the battery continued to lose power after turning the vehicle off and water leaked into the cabin of the vehicle. The cause of the failures was not determined. The manufacturer and highly Buick GMC (3535 west loop 820 south, fort worth, TX) were notified of the failures, but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 115,000.

3 Ignition Switch problem of the 2015 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 12/14/2018

There is a defect in which water leaks inside the vehicle and gets into the fuse box and causes issues with the vehicle ignition switch, damage to the fuses, draining the battery etc.

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4 Ignition Switch problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 08/05/2018

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that while attempting to shut the vehicle off the shifter would not switch to the park position and the ignition key could not be removed from the ignition switch causing the engine to continue to run. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired and manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The local dealer bill christin Chevrolet 7112 michigan Ave, saline mi. Was notified but no assistance was offered. The failure mileage was 80,000. Jft.

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5 Ignition Switch problem of the 2012 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 02/13/2017

The contact owns a 2012 GMC Acadia. While attempting to drive the vehicle, the abs, engine, battery, and traction control warning indicators illuminated. The steering wheel seized and became difficult to maneuver. Also, the key failed to retract from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

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6 Ignition Switch problem of the 2014 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 10/19/2016

I purchased a used certified 2014 Acadia 4 months ago. Since the second week of having it the truck shuts off for no reason. Happens when driving at a slow rate. Examples are pulling out of driveway, after being stopped at a stop sign, driving through a parking lot, going up or down an incline. The truck stutters and either shuts off or catches itself. I have brought it to the dealership more than 3 times and it's never fixed. My VIN is not listed in the stalling or ignition switch recall. It started intermittently but now it's everyday although dealership says they can't duplicate what I'm describing. It has stopped at a stop light and I had to hurry up and hit the hazard lights so I had time to put it in park and restart the engine. However as long as I'm driving on the freeway it's fine. Just when I'm going less than 35 mph.

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7 Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 07/27/2014

The contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that after shifting to park, the key was unable to be removed from the ignition switch causing the vehicle to remain on and draining the battery. The contact also stated that the shift gear was very difficult to shift and after shifting to the drive position the shift indicator did not display the proper gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the shift cable failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000. Djr.

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8 Ignition Switch problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 07/11/2014

When the ignition switch was turned on, the car started, but rather than return to the "on" position, the switch returned to the "off" position and the motor turned off. This has happened numerous times, but only one time when the vehicle was actually in motion.

9 Ignition Switch problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 07/10/2014

2011 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle ignition switch issues. The consumer stated the ignition shut off, as her father was driving. He was able to move off the interstate, put the vehicle in neutral and re-started the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, they were unable to find anything wrong.

10 Ignition Switch problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia

Failure Date: 07/19/2013

Ignition switch -- we bought our 2010 GMC Acadia from the fort worth federal community credit union in 2012. Sometime in September 2013 we were on I-35w freeway driving from fort worth, texas to oklahoma. The speed was between 65-68 mph. Suddenly, the Acadia lost all power. I yelled “what the hell!!” the rpms dropped drastically and the speedometer went down to the low 20s. I had no power steering. I did not turn off the key. I engaged my emergency flashers. With great strength managed to steer the Acadia unto the emergency shoulder. While the car was coasting the engine cranked up again and speed increased to normal. I told my wife that maybe the engine “vapor” locked. We discussed returning to fort worth but decided to continue thinking it was a “vapor” lock. The Acadia ran well to oklahoma and back home. It did not do it after that on the freeway. We noticed however that when slowing to about 5-10 mph to enter our driveway or other entrances, the power steering became very hard and difficult to control on several occasions. This problem occurred way before we had even heard of “ignition switch” issues. The ignition switch has never been diagnosed as we did not think it was a problem at the time. Had my wife been driving by herself, she would have paniced if she lost power on the freeway and was unable to control the vehicle to guide it out of traffic into a safe area from the heavily traffic freeway. Will my car be in the recall for ignition switch. .

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