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The ignition switch, or starter switch, is responsible for turning on your engine when you turn the key. The ignition switch allows electrical current to flow from the battery to the starter to start the engine and then redirects the current to the ignition coil while the engine is running. Key switches are still the most common but as equipment thefts continues to be an issue in the heavy equipment industry, keyless ignitions are becoming more popular in modern equipment. Worn ignition switches can prevent your engine from starting. If you turn or press your ignition and nothing happens, check to see if your headlights are working. If so, then it is likely not an issue with the battery and could mean you have a faulty ignition switch. Stall outs can also occur, especially on equipment that endures heavy vibrations. As the ignition system gets worn, it becomes more susceptible to loss of contacts caused by the vibrations which will disrupt the electrical circuit. If you begin to suspect a faulty ignition switch, get it replaced as soon as you can. A stalling engine on a job site can be extremely dangerous.