How many keys are too many?

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Has anyone ever told you that putting too many keys (or other items) on your key ring can damage your car’s ignition? While most of us only have a few keys we need to carry on a daily basis (i.e., car key, house key, mailbox key), many people use their key rings to carry unnecessary items like photos and souvenir items. The constant tug on the ignition switch produced by this excess weight can cause it to wear out prematurely. This appears to happen more frequently in Volkswagens, but any vehicle can be affected by this. So how much weight is too much? We say you should err on the side of caution and carry only what’s necessary on your key ring. Ditch the decor and use your key ring only for its intended purpose: to carry keys.