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Ignition switch not working

I was in my 2003 dodge minivan and put the key in the switch and heard the power sound. The key would not turn at all though. The steering wheel turned (very hard) rather than locking. I tried to turn to see if I could get it to lock therefore thinking this would allow me to turn the key to start. I found out later in the day that my husband backed into it (not hard, but bumped it pretty good). Could it be these pins that the mechanics are telling him is sheared and would cost a lot to fix or is it the switch as I have had some issues were this happened before until I could get the wheel to lock, then it would start? If it is a matter of being bumped and pins sheering off, why did the air bags not engage? What is the purpose of pins shearing when it is bumped?

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Have never heard of the pin shearing from a little bump chrysler double sided ignition cylinders usally start haveing problems at about 100,000 miles or so earlier if you have a bulky have key ring i would suggest spraying the inside of the cylinder with spray lubricant wd-40 I like tri flow little more exspensive but worth the money last a lot longer the run the key in and out very rapidly a few time let it sit a moment and the take pressure off wheel and try and turn the key

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