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Parked the car a few days later went to start car and ignition won't turn but the steering wheel is not locked either. took cable off the shifter and can't get that to move either.

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Get new key and spray type liquid wrench,squirt into cylinder then slide key in and out of cylinder several times before trying to turn,Debri from worn key tends to build up in cylinder.This will sometimes free it up.

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