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    Steering won't unlock, car won't start!

    Car is a '95 525i Touring... Steering will not come out of lock when turning the key to the start position. To add insult to injury, turning the key to the full clockwise start/ignition position does not even result in the car starting. To be more specific, in the ignition switch, there is no 'spring-resistance portion' anymore where the starter would normally engage... not sure if I'm explaining well-enough, but the key just turns all the way to the ignition position now with no resistance, whatsoever, so that it never even engages the starter switch. I also am not able to get the car out of park, as it seems to be locked synonymously with the ignition switch.

    FWIW, over the last few weeks I have noticed that when turning the car off the ignition switch would occasionally 'stick' in position and think that the key was still in the switch even after I had removed it. Simply putting the key back in the switch and turning it on and then off again would fix this, but I suspect that this problem is somehow related.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks-
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    Just went through this with my 840ci

    Most likly u need a new ignition lock housing. Parts of this unit are made with pot metal and break.search on the 7 series boards for a diy.

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