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Car won't crank, key stuck in ignition?

Car sat for about a week. I tried to start it and very little juice. Key then stuck and would not come out of ignition. Tried to jump car with portable jumper. Charged the battery with small charger for 3 hours. Didn't hold a charge. Figured dead battery would fix all of the issues. Replaced battery and tried to start, no luck - no crank, key still stuck. Wires to floor shifter intact, not stressed or broken. Car won't crank, key stuck in ignition, no brake lights, no interior lights, no electronic doors. Chect fuses and relays in fuse box under hood. Removal of ignition switch next?

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Depends on what kind of car you have.. But check this out. Ive used it and haven't had an issue since and that was years ago. Hope it helps!
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Depends on the car. Could be an immobilizer if your car has a security system.

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