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Turn your steering wheel one way or the other and try again. You could be locking it without realizing...such as holding pressure on the wheel while taking the key out and then releasing the wheel so it snaps back slightly.
Yeah, that was the first thing I tried. I've had the truck about a year..this problem started about a week ago. It would happen every now and again, now it won't turn at all. I tried jiggling the key, try moving the wheel around...checked and made sure it was in park.
Nothing worked. I'm going to try my spare key after work today. The key doesn't look worn out, so I doubt that will work.
Well, FYI...graphite powder can be a total mess. A mess now and a mess for a long time. Everytime you put your key in there, it'll pull out some graphite powder and you'll keep getting that stuff on your hands and on your clothing. I would spray lubricant in there before using graphite, just don't go crazy is all.
You may need a new ignition cylinder though.
One thing that does wear them down is excessive weigth on them like a lot of keys on your keychain...etc