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My key is locked in the ignition and won't turn. Have moved the sterring wheel but still can't start vehicle

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Toyota trucks are nortorious with ingnition problems,spay some wd-40 in the key hole as best you can and move key up and down in rocking motion and turn wheel back and forth as you do this and hopfuly it will turn. if it dont than get the whole ingintion out and try to buy a new one, Ebay perhaps might have one more reasonable for price.

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