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When I insert the key sometimes it will start and sometimes not. I have cleaned the key with WD-40 and tried coating the key with it and moving it in and out of the ignition to try and clean inside the key slot but just some black residue comes out on the rag and still no luck! Begining to pull my hair! Thank you Jon in California

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Does this vehicle have a security system? It may be at fault. Also the ignition module may be faulty. More testing would need to be done to pinpoint exact problem. This can be done with multi-tester

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