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I have a 1997 BMW 528I. had to replaced the battery. car started up just fine. turned it off and about 15 minutes later went to drive it and I could not even get the key in the ignition. strangest thing. the key will not go in like something is stopping it. dont know what to do?

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There may be a tumbler pin stuck up that will not move to let the key in. Get some powdered graphite and puff it in the key hole then try inserting the key again take care with the powder as it will leave a black smudge that you can wipe away with a damp rag

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Sound like the key barrel is broken, remove the swith from the back of the ignigtion and check the barrel.

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There should be a connection under the hood where you can jump the battery. Look for a plastic box with a red plus sign on it. Open it to find the connection point. Connect the negative cable to a solid metal part such as the lifting lug on the head.

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coathanger job ,or put some jumper leads one to the chassis and the positive to the starter motor terminal feed ,something clicks here ??but my memory has faded a bit ,iam sure that somewhere on the rear of the vehicle is a connection for a power supply to work the locks to open the vehicle or evan charge the battery .Cant recall properly but i think i pulled a cover off a light or something then put a 12v supply to open the vehicle

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SOURCE: My 1997 BMW key just turns in the ignition without

well that definitely sounds as if you need a new ignition switch

does it appear as if its been tampered with or did this occur all of a sudden ...it should also lock the steering wheel .


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