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When I put the key in the ignition it wants to hang up and not turn easy to start.

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A shot of penetrating lubricant will free up the tumblers; WD-40 or similar. These should evaporate fairly quickly as they are intended to loosen things, not lubricate, so it won't gum up things. A short shot into the key slot and then run the key in and out several times.

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