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Key is hard to turn..sometimes...can I spray wd40 in the hole? will that help...can it hurt?

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I had a similar problem with my 2001 Chrysler T&C and it was caused by too much weight on the key [chain] wearing the key down. The solution was to strongly tap the key while in the lock three times, then turn. It took 4 or 5 weeks to get the key to turn smoothly again but it did happen!

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No do not put wd40 in the key hole if you go to the auto parts store you can buy a sliver powder substance that you can put in it to make the key not stick.

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