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Key won't turn in igition. Checked all recommendations by locksmiths and volvo repair folks. Shook steering wheel, foot on brake. Ran gear shift through gears to park. What else can I try?

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It is time to buy a new lock cylinder and have it installed. it is 18 years old and things do wear out.

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