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Key wont turn

My Mom has a 03 Kia Optima and when you stick the key in the ignition it wont turn so you can start it. Is the ignition broke or is there a lock on it we dont know about.

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No it sounds like the ignition clinder is broken or worn down inside either that or maybe the key itself. get a new key made (local hardware store) and try that one if that doesnt work im afraid that you may need a new key and tumbler

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