Ken Williams
2 min readMar 12, 2022

We all have had the feeling of the dreaded stalled vehicle. You keep turning and turning the ignition switch but no start. The first thing comes to mind is the rip off mechanic or service tech at the dealer charging debit card crushing numbers.

The reason: ignition switch is damaged.

Or is it.

I remember once my car stalled and I eventually had it towed to my mechanic at the time. He said it was the ignition switch.

So, I forked out the big bills.

Fast forward some years later, my truck stalled a week ago outside a store. I let it sat there as I looked under the hood and moved around the battery cables and check the spark plug cables.

Subsequently, I turned the ignition.

Still no results.

I sat there and pondered when the last time this occurred.

And boy-oh-boy.

The ignition switch. Yes, the ignition switch.

Fortunately for years, I’ve carried my spare key to my vehicle in my wallet just in case I locked myself out of my car (godawful feeling). I inserted the spare key and the engine roared to my much needed relief and the vehicle has had no problem starting since.


The grooves to the ignition keys wear down over time from all the inserting turning and shutting off engine. The ignition switch has wires that are connected, indirectly, to each groove of a key. If one of the grooves are worn down, one of the wires sending power to the battery will create a stall. Also, I was told by a trusted individual that reducing the amount of keys on one’s keychain can eliminate stalling action due that was caused by unbalanced weight on the ignition.


Ken Williams

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