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You most likely have a bad key cylinder.
HERE IS A ONE TIME -- Trick of the TRADE fix- this will only work once -- so take it straight to a shop or just replace the key cylinder at home.
With the key in the ignition - strike the end of the key with a hammer - strike it a good blow - -[ might take twice] - about a 1.3 of your strength.
With you foot on the brake - positioned as a driver - turn the steering wheel HARD the same direction the wheels are turned [ this releases pressure on the mechanism and turn the key on. If the Cylinder is truly bad - you will most likely not get this to work more than once. If it is just stuck - try the second part of the fix and it will turn for you.
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