Have you ever looked at you key ring and wondered where all those keys came from? There’s the one to your friend’s house you never got around to returning after you pet sat, or the one for the lock on your old storage unit that you don’t have anymore. Keychains can accumulate, too! Sometimes they’re the perfect souvenir or you get them as presents. All these keys and accessories can start to get heavy! If the key to your car is on your key ring too that means all that weight is going to be dangling from your ignition while you’re driving. You might not think anything about it, but you might want to lighten it up before your ignition (and wallet) suffers the consequences!
What effect does a heavy keychain have on your new Toyota?
Gravity is always at work which means your heavy set of keys is being pulled down, causing your ignition to have to handle the weight. As the keys swing and bounce from accelerating, making turns and going uphill, the tumblers in the ignition fight to hold on to your car key. Eventually, the tumblers in the ignition will wear out and will long be able to engage and turn the ignition lock. While there is no definite number, it’s safe to say that a set of keys that weighs over three pounds is damaging to your Orlando Toyota’s ignition. If your car won’t start and you have a large set of keys, there is a good chance you’re in need of an ignition replacement for your new Toyota in Orlando.
Keep your Orlando Toyota in good condition!
If everything on your key ring is important and you sifted all those extra keys and keychains you don’t need, Toyota of Orlando has a few tips to help protect the ignition of your new Toyota!
- The expert technicians at our Toyota Service Center in Orlando suggest keeping your car key, key fob remote and maybe just your house keys on one key ring.
- All the other keys and accessories should be kept separately and kept in your purse, pocket or somewhere safe in your new Toyota.
- Club or store reward cards, bottle openers, pocket knives and other handy accessories that are deemed important should be kept on a removable keychain! Keep them close but remove it before you put your car key in the ignition!
Bring your new Toyota in to our Orlando Toyota Service Center to have the ignition inspected for damage! Our Toyota trained technicians will be able to spot any wear and tear on the tumblers and will be able to suggest a replacement if they think it will need it. If your new Toyota won’t start due to a worn out ignition, call Toyota Roadside Assistance for a tow to our auto service center! Our auto repairs and fast and affordable!
We’re located at 3575 Vineland Rd., just off of I-4 near the Millenia Mall! For questions, call us at (888) 725-3520!