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Automatic GMC Yukon - becoming increasingly difficult to get key to turn in ignition. I typically park on a hill with no pkg brake - is that part of it

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No the brake has nothing to do with it. i would try a different key or the key slot is going bad from ware and tare so might need a new one then

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