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We have a 2007 Kia Rio. When we insert our key into the ignition, it locks up. It will not turn to the right at all to start the car. Once we jiggle the key, spray WD-40 oil on it and the key, as well as jiggle the steering wheel, after several attempts it will finally turn. We took it to a mechanic where it did not perform the problem. So they indicated they see nothing wrong. However, it continues to do the same thing from time to time and we find ourselves stranded many times. Can you offer any suggestions? Should we just go ahead and replace the ignition key lock anyway? Thanks in advance.

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It sounds like the steering wheel is locking it, try turning the steering wheel a little to the left or right then turn then key.

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