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Ignition switch problems

Key will go in and out of ignition but will not turn on and car is in park

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Not trying to be Smart,Are you using the correct key? If so,Try turning the steering wheel from side to side while trying to turn the key. Sometimes the internal locking system will be in a bind and keep the ignition switch from turning.

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