Q: Ignition switch is going out.

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I think my ignition switch is going out. Sometimes the key won't come out and sometimes the car won't start. I think it may be a spark gap.

This sounds like your ignition lock cylinder and ignition switch both need to be replaced. A mechanic would need to replace the lock cylinder first and then check the switch operation to see if it will need replacement also.

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