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I have a 2001 chevy Blazer with automatic transmission. My ignition will not turn from the lock position. We have tried to turn the steering wheel and turn the key at the same time but it wont budge. We have had a service engine light on for a while but never had problems with the ignition switch. Do I need to buy another ignition switch?

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You can get a new ignition switch -- but my thought on the matter ( I'm a locksmith ) -- is you might try and see if you can go to a lock shop and see if they can read your key and make a new key to factory spec's. one other thing that causes problems is to many keys on your key ring ( weights down the key when in the ignition and driving -- causing excesive wear on the key AND on the ignition ).. -- if you bought the truck new look to see if you have the ' key code ' writen down somewhere,, or you might be able to get the code from the dealer (?) -- but do not get your keys made from dealer or let them work on the ignition ( way to expensive !!! ) --- go to a auto locksmith and let them look at what you got ( let them look at your key first ). -- ( key by code and/or a key read, only costs about $15 - $20 buck ).
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