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Key will not turn in a 2000 Dodge Stratus. Steering wheel is not locked.

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Try turning the steering column really hard one way or the other while you are turning the key

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Sometimes this happens if you have a big key chain swinging on the ignition key. This happened in my Silverado, but not (yet) in my Stratus. Anyhow they had to replace the whole ignition key cylinder,

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