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Q: Ignition cylinder won't turn

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The ignition cylinder will not turn when I put the key in it. I am able to turn on the car if I keep the key in the ignition and do not take it out.

A: The most likely cause is the key cylinder f...

The most likely cause is the key cylinder failing. In most circumstances, the ignition switch and key cylinder are replaced as a unit as they cannot be separated. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your ignition issue and replace your ignition cylinder assembly if necessary.

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