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When i try to start my bmw the key wont turn

My steering wheel is locked up and the key will not turn.

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The steering will have a few degrees of play, even when locked. Pull the wheel down(or up whicheer is easier) and turn the key.

The steering lock jams the key in there. If the wheel is turned to the left, turn it further to the left and turn the key.


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