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Suddenly my ignition key has decided not to turn. Same using replacement key. So far I've been able to "play" with it and eventually get it to turn. But I'm worried I'm going to get stuck somewhere. I've tried spraying WD-40 into the key slot but it doesn't seem to help. I also have noticed the steering wheel doesn't lock anymore with the key out. Must be related.

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You may need a new lock cylinder. Buy a new one, and look at the cylinder, there is a small pin about 1/8" in diameter at the opposite end that you put in the key. You will find a hole under the steering column cover that matches where that pin is. Now turn your key to the ON position and get a small rod and depress that pin, you should be able to pull the old cylinder right out. push the new one in and start the car, and thats it.

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