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Heavy keychains can damage your ignition

Our auto expert Steve Strope reveals how downsizing that ring could be the "key" to avoiding unnecessary repairs.

If you drive an older car that uses a standard key - not a keyless ignition - and your keychain is weighed down by lots of other keys or items, you could be damaging your ignition switch and not realize it until it's too late.

A heavy keychain hanging off your car key when it's in the ignition bounces back and forth as you drive and starts to wear down the sensitive tumblers inside the ignition key lock. Once they are damaged, your ignition switch will start to fail.

Sometimes you'll receive warning signs when the key starts to stick in the ignition as you start your car or you may have intermittent starting problems. But the worst-case scenario is complete ignition failure when you go to start your car and nothing works. Even scarier is that it happens while you're on the road, driving.

The solution is very simple. You just need to use a lightweight, keychain that allows you to separate the ignition key from the rest of your keychain items when you drive. Without a chunk of keys and other stuff hanging from it, an ignition switch cylinder can often last as long as 200,000 miles!

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