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Having trouble getting the key into the ignition. Seems to be getting stuck.

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I work for a door company and I work with locks every day and I would not use WD-40. It will work for a few days and then the WD-40 will dry up and problem may get worse. We use Graphite powder which you can get at a auto store or a can of silicon lube which you can get from Lowes. If that does not work it may just be time to switch out the lock set.

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Did you recently buy the car and are you sure its the right key.., Too often you can pick up a 2nd hand stolen car that has issues with wrong keys.

If its been your car for a while it sounds like your key could be wearing out or worse still the ingnition lock is wearing out.

1/. Cheapest - You can first try to squirt WD40 into the lock and see if it helps to lubicate the lock barrel - Graphite spray would be better but harder to find.

2/. Cheapish - You can try getting a new key cut for that car at the dealer and see if it cures to problem - they wont have to cut a key from the worn key you have but should be able to generate a new key from the serial on your key.

3/, More pricey - if that doesn't solve it you may wish to have the lock replaced which is going to need a new key and lock for the ingition. This can be a pain as you then have a different key to get in the vehicle v's start it. But replacing just the ingition lock is cheaper than replacing the whole Ignition and door lock set. (very pricey)

Be ware that you should not hang lots of keys on your key ring as this will wear the ignition lock much faster than normal wear and tear of starting the car. Try and make sure you only have the bear minimum weight on the car key ring - i.e. Car key and house key.

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