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Old 11-13-2012, 04:33 AM
mrsStartin mrsStartin is offline
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BMW 318ie key not turning in the barrel

Hi everyone,

This morning I went to my car expecting to turn the engine over 1st time as always happens, but today the key would not turn. I used the car 12 hours earlier and locked up using the key fob as I always do.

Looking at the dashboard before I put the key in the mileage light was lit on the dashboard but no other lights. I could not turn the key in the ignition when I tried but the radio, wind screen wipers, interior and exterior lights and brake lights all worked. My husband has then wiggled the wheel more than I could and turned the key a little bit in the barrel and the park brake light, fuel gauge etc lit up on the dashboard.

Still the key will not turn in the barrel. We have jiggled the wheel, used WD40 on the barrel and the key and still nothing. The alarm wont set as I believe the car "thinks" the key is in the ignition in position 1 even when the key is not even in the car.

I think it may have to be a new ignition but I am hoping someone can once again save the day for me. At the moment all the light on the dashboard are lit and the lights etc all work even thought the car is locked and unattended.

Thank you in advance for any advice and thank you for your time reading this, it is very much appreciated.
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