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My wife told me she heard a clicking when sheturned the steering wheel. I drove it heard it coming from the steering wheel turned all the way left then all the way right that is when it died and now won't start. 1998 bmw 540i

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Most likely it is a wiring harness problem. maybe rubbing on the steering shaft at some point. May have worn through and broke at the wear spot. The security wiring for the key coder decoder circuit usually is in a harness going to the ignition switch. If it shorts or seperates it will not allow the engine to operate due too no signal to PCM (power control module). The coder/decoder reads the chip in the key and determines if the engine is allowed to be started.

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