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blastedM3 09-13-2010 12:35 PM

key turns loosely in the ignition
Im having abit of a problem with my ignition.

The lights are all on on the dash but when i turn the key it turns freely without any effect on the car. The steering does not lock nor does the lights turn off when i take the key out.

It wont start or turn the lights off. It happened when the car was on and when i tried turning it off, they key just turned back with no affect. I had to turn the car off manually by pulling out the fuse.

what could the problem be? Any input is appreciated.


740-iLL 09-15-2010 03:42 PM

The ignition switch cylinder is busted. Common E38 problem.

You have an E38 right? If so, browse over to and there is a write-up of how to fix this issue. (CTRL+F is your best friend on that site)

craigIS 09-15-2010 09:48 PM

Sounds like the ignition switch. Thought mine was toasted a couple days ago. Luckily it wasn't.

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