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Key tumbler loose. Starts car but wont turn off

I have a 1996 ford taurus wagon 3.0 V6. The other day I went to start it and the key tumbler was loose and wouldn't start the car. I took it out and started it with a screw driver but then couldn't turn it off. I went and bought a new tumbler for $16.00 and it started the car but again, felt loose and wouldn't turn it off. Is there something wrong in the steering column or is it the tumbler/ignition switch?

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Most likely its the ignition cylnder (tumbler)

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