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I put the key in the ignition and it keeps turning around not all the way but it's not supposed to go that far some one said i needed a new tumbler?

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It may not be the tumbler. It may be a little aluminum actuator that is within the steering column that may have broken apart. Its a rather big job to fix as you have to pretty much take apart the whole steering column to get to it.

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