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Disconnect your battery and try the key. If it works, the car has an electric lockout latch that is malfunctioning inside the lock. If the lock still won't turn with the battery loose, try wiggling the steering wheel (to relax the steering wheel lock pin) and jiggling the key. Either of these two wiggles making the key operate means worn out key or lock cylinder. Oh, also make sure the car is in neutral or park.

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