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When i put the key in my ignition it does not want to turn

I have sprayed wd 40 and try wiggling the steering wheel as i turn the key. I have to perform this step many times before i get it to turn over. I believe the ignition switch is bad or going bad.

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It's not the ignition switch that is bad it is the ignition lock cylinder. We are likely both thinking the same thing, the part that the key goes in, but when you go to get another one it is the ignition lock cylinder.

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