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Recently, my '92 164L ignition key began being stubborn to turn. Just occasionally at first, but has become more frequent of late and taking longer to 'free'. This morning it took several minutes before it would turn. Tried spare key too. No difference. Am I going to have to change out the expensive ignition switch assembly ? ???? What's going on? Help!..............Realized that I don't think steering wheel had 'locked'. Seems like I was able to turn it quite a bit while fiddling with key.
 

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Have you tried to spray key with WD-40, etc., and then inserted it? You may have to spary into key slot, too.
 

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No, but sure will give it a try right now....Noticed that steering wheel lock definitely does not seem to be engaging. Can turn wheel with key out. Related to problem?
 

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No, but sure will give it a try right now....Noticed that steering wheel lock definitely does not seem to be engaging. Can turn wheel with key out. Related to problem?
Yes, probably.
 

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Tried some PB Blaster on the key and sprayed WD 40 into the slot. At first blush, it does seem to have provided some benefit. Will let yo know how it does over the next couple of days. Thanks!
 

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Just in this short time, I've noticed hardly any resistance left to turning the key, since using the WD 40. Good call Steve!
 

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Go to Lowe's or Ace, or Depot, etc and get some powered graphite in a bottle made for locks. It is the correct thing to put in a lock cylinder. Light liquid sprays can free a lock up, but WD40 (and the like) will quickly evaporate and stop doing much for you in a lock. Powdered graphite will stay in there. Put it in the locks in your house too.
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Never had a great deal of luck with the old fashioned graphite stuff. I prefer a silicon or Teflon spray to lube things like that. Works for a very long time without the graphite mess.
 
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