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My key takes at least 50 wiggles to turn the car on..i have to leave in on posistion and remove battery cable..what do you think the problem is

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Either the lock cylinder or the key is worn to the point the tumblers no longer align properly. If you have more than 1 key, does the other work better? Best bet is go to a dealer WITH the car. And request a new key. I say with the car as the dealer may not provide a key if he cannot be certain you are the actual owner. Prevents car theft. Theives used to just copy the VIN off the dash plate, go get a new key from the dealer and take the car.

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