I dunno...the steering wheel really doesn't turn very much...maybe like a quarter of an inch...really minimal....but it locks up the ignition.
Everytime I go to turn the key and it doesn't want to....I just tug on the wheel and it sort of unclicks out of something...then the key turns fine....I've noticed this in all of the bmws I've driven (e36 and e46 seem to do it to me)
That's part of the power steering option. If you turn your steering wheel enough, it will lock in place. I am not sure if this is a security feature for parking cars against curbs or what. It seems like this would be the reason it locks. Anyway, in order for the ignition to turn, the wheel must be turned in the same direction as it was locked. It should be turned just enough to let the lock loose, allowing for the ignition to turn freely. This is similar to trying to open a house door while pulling on it. The the friction of the lock is too intense. I don't think this is your problem, but this is what King was talking about, I think. I would see how to lubricate your ignition, or better yet, get a new key.
yeah, your wheel most likely locks one way or another, when your key wont turn just turn your wheel to the left or right a little while trying to turn your key and it should start just fine! that happens to me all the time and now i do it without noticing.
Yeah get a new key...just don't order it at BMW of San Diego....I've had about three keys ordered now from them since the week before easter....and well, they still haven't gotten me the right key. They said something about BMW looking up the wrong key. Anyway, I had a locksmith come out and make me keys...which aren't that great (they get stuck in the doors sometimes...) and I'm still waiting on a key that should come in this week sometime. Oh, and the key is $42....yeah, order the one with the light on it, because unless the people at your BMW dealer's parts office are very smart, they'll order you the passanger side and ignition key only, which won't open your inhibit system (if you have an inhibit system...i guess it depends on your model year). Sorry for the rant...i just had to let it out.
The stearigng wheel lock is actually an old anti-theft feature.
The idea was that if the car was hot-wired a thief coudn't drive very far with the car since the stearing wheel is locked in one position.
Sometimes it makes the ignition hard to turn and moving the wheel a little will fix it.
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