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Q: Key won't turn in ignition

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The key won't turn in the ignition switch.

If moving the steering wheel while turning the key does not work, then try your extra key. If this does not work, then the ignition key cylinder will need replaced. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, inspect the ignition system, and replace the ignition cylinder, if necessary.

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