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Key won't turn in ignition

My key will not turn past the acc .....put graphite powder in and no help. I have turned the wheel, and jiggled whatever to no use. Help please.

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SOUNDS LIKE THE ISSUE IS WITH THE LOCK CYLINDER. YOU MIGHT WANT TO REPLACE IT.

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