If you’ve been ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed, you’ll need to see a mechanic who has been approved to do this work. Under no circumstances will the court allow you to handle this process on your own. You’ll also need proof the mechanic did the installation, so there’s no point in trying to simply do it yourself. Still, it’s natural to be curious about what happens during an ignition interlock installation.
Your Device Is Temporary
One important thing to note before we begin is that your installation is only temporary. Nothing permanent is done to your vehicle, so when you no longer need the device, it can be removed without leaving a trace.
This even goes for the handset, which will need to be kept near the driver’s seat. Most people elect to have a piece of Velcro attached to or near their dashboard with the other piece on the back of the handset. A setup like this makes it convenient to grab the device when necessary, especially during a rolling test.
As no holes are drilled or any other permanent work is done, you don’t have to worry that your vehicle’s warranty will be in the least bit affected by having an interlock device put in it.
Installing the Interlock
Installation is relatively quick, usually taking no more than an hour. All a mechanic has to do is run the device’s cord from the handheld component in the front, through the cavity under your steering column and attach it to the ignition. As the device is literally just wired into the engine, there’s no need to worry that it will permanently affect how the vehicle works while it’s installed or after you have it taken out.
That being said, installation could take twice as long depending on the type of vehicle you own. Keep in mind that the mechanic also can’t let you leave until you try out the device and show you understand how it works. This usually entails watching an instructional video while your installation is underway.
Then you must sign a lease agreement for the device and take it to the DMV.
Having the Device Removed
Obviously, you can only have your ignition interlock device removed once the court gives you the ok. Again, you’ll want this done by a reputable mechanic who is certified to do so. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee your vehicle will operate correctly or even safely.
Entrusted to a certified mechanic, though, the process is simple. All they do is remove the wiring that attached to your ignition and replace it with the old setup. That’s all there is to it.
The installation of an ignition interlock system is actually quite simple, as you can see. It’s relatively affordable as well. Although it will be a part of your life for six months to two years, once it is removed, there will be no signs of it whatsoever. All things considered, having an interlock system installed is a relatively simple and affordable process.