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The key gets stuck in the ignition sometimes it turns and other times it doesn't. could it be the transponder?

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The first thing to check is to carefully examine the ignition key. If it is worn down, or even slightly bent, get a new key cut. If you don't have a key in good shape to copy from, your Toyota dealer can cut one, if they know your VIN number. If your key looks good, the most likely suspect is your ignition lock cylinder. You can try lubing it with a little graphite lock lube, but no WD-40 or anything!

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Its probably a worn key and barell,an easy way to find out is to try another key or get your key cut with a fresh one as it will work a little better and even squirt a little crc,wd 40 in the ignition key slot this should help,worst case scenerio replace the barell but you shouldnt need to

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