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Ignition When I put the car in park and try to take the key out of the ignition, it won't turn back all the way to let me take it out even though the gear is in park. Then if I turn it back hard enough, it will turn and I can take the key out. When I go to turn if back on, it won't move but after struggling with it, if I turn it back hard enough, it sort of springs forward or unlocks and then I can turn it. Is this something I can fix myself?

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