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Steering wheel lock still on after key is turned My 2002 540 Wagon steering wheel lock does not release in 0 degrees and below. I have had to have it towed and I have sucessfully forced it on occassion. I have also heard that using the manual key helps, but have not tried that one yet.

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SOURCE: Can I tow a BMW 325i with SMG transmission in neutral (clutchles)

i wouldn't get all four off the ground. I've never seen a 325 with an smg either.

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SOURCE: steering wheel getting locked up

I think it is a common problem that while the power steering relaxes and the tyres find a comfortable spot to sit on the road, after you've parked, the steering mechanism can push against the steering lock in the ignition switch. Usually the steering wheel needs a bit of a jiggle while you turn the key. If you were to engage park brake, release foot brake and let go of steering wheel before turning off ignition, it may settle better for you.

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SOURCE: car steering wheel locked; car won't start

If this is a floor shifter or center console shifter there is actually a lock release next to the shifter. Look next to the shifter handle and you should see a small square plug in the console remove the plug and you will see a little white button in it this is the shifter release push it and you can move the shifter.

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Hi there,

Sometimes if the wheels are turned when the vehicle is turned off, there is stress put on the steering lock plate which can cause the symptoms you are describing.

If this is the problem, it is remedied by turning the steering wheel a little further (in whichever direction the wheels are facing) to take the stress off the plate. Try the key at the same time. It doesn't take much to release the lock pin. The results should be immediate.

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SOURCE: My BMW 325i's steering wheel is locked and the car wont start.

Your steering column most likely is defective and you should be able to get this fixed under warranty. BMW discontinued this part in 2007. Its might go off if you put the key in the ignition and wait 5-10 minutes, but only maybe.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009

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