Q: Car key not working.

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My key won't go into the ignition.

Try another "spare" key in case your key is damaged. Try lubricating the lock/ignition switch. The mechanical tumblers in the lock itself may be damaged requiring the ignition switch to be changed. A mechanic from YourMechanic can assist you in this if you do not feel comfortable.

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