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Difficulty inserting ignition key

Ignition key is difficult to insert

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    Frank May 11, 2010

    are you sure your using the correct key?

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A good trick is to spray your key with WD-40 and rapidly insert and pull out about 20 times. do it 10 times and respray with WD-40 10 more times it has always worked for me. also if you have a key with a million different things hanging off of it take them ALL off. the extra weight will eventually wear out all of the tumblers in the ignition and you will have to replace it with a new one. happy motoring hope I could help!

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