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We had a new key made based on the original key specs for this vehicle. The key was made my a GM dealer. We have trouble making then key turn after inserting it into the ignition. It turns, eventually, but takes a lot of working with it to Make it start. The original key never had this problem. What could be the reason the new key isn't working, correctly?

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Worn tumblers in the ignition switch or a bad key cut--it happens does not take much.

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