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Key will not turn in cylinder to start engine of 96 Eclipse.

Key will not turn in cylinder to start engine

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Relax the stering wheel by turning it in the direction to free it up so that there is not pressure locking up the ignition switch and may damn sure its it park. you should have some free play side to side. if this isnt the problem your ignition switch is probably bad...try the car in nuetral position...there is a neutral switch which will sometimes let the car start. and if it is a stick you will have to push in the clutch, saftey feature.and if all ekse fails try sqiirt it ignitioin swich with a little wd-40 stick the kee in gentle and work it in there slowly, hopes this help
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May have a worn key or worn cylinder lock.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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