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Key wont come out of ignition

I moved the wheel back and forth i pushed the shifter up to insure it in park but key still wont come out.

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The key could be the problem try pushing and then pulling . Try vibrating the switch by tapping with a screw driver handle . This may loosing the tumblers. keep me informed I have been a locksmith most of my life

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