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I can not get the key out, it stays in the lock position. sometime it will come out but mostly the cylinder will not turn to let the key out

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Sounds like one of two things, First. if you have the wheels turned when turning the engine off there will be back pressure on the key cylinder. try stoping with the wheels straight. If thats not it you might need a new key cylinder. But I would try lots of
WD-40 first

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You will most likely need to replace the ignition lock cylinder.

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  2. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
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  10. Reconnect the negative battery cable.

Remove the three screws and remove the lower column cover


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Releasing the lock cylinder retaining pin



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I am assuming you are removing just the Lock Cylinder and not the entire Ignition switch?
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1. Disconnect the negative side of the battery.
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