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1997 Sonoma driver's door key won't turn

Just started doing this a few days ago. Sometimes it will turn, however. I tried squirting a little graphite powder in slot, but didn't seem to help. I have tried a seldom used key, same problem. Passenger side okay. Thanks.

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Need more lube and heated garage and to operate door lock plenty of times to free up binding lock

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1/. Cheapest - You can first try to squirt WD40 into the lock and see if it helps to lubicate the lock barrel - Graphite spray would be better but harder to find.

2/. Cheapish - You can try getting a new key cut for that car at the dealer and see if it cures to problem - they wont have to cut a key from the worn key you have but should be able to generate a new key from the serial on your key.

3/, More pricey - if that doesn't solve it you may wish to have the lock replaced which is going to need a new key and lock for the ingition. This can be a pain as you then have a different key to get in the vehicle v's start it. But replacing just the ingition lock is cheaper than replacing the whole Ignition and door lock set. (very pricey)

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