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Old 08-20-2021, 08:08 PM
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That would be helpful for sure. If you don't mind, please do!
Seems that somehow the steering wheel lock also operates this little piece just inside the ignition, and that little piece is what prevents the key from going in. I'll post some pics of what I'm talking about in a few. Somehow the 2 things are linked. Look inside your own X5 ignition when you have a chance and you'll better see what I mean.

Originally Posted by aheckenast View Post
The steering lock is part of the housing itself, just a spring with a piece that pushes up against the turn turn between the ignition switch side & the lock cylinder side. It's possible that the shaft mechanism is starting to bind from wear etc. Preventing key rotation at times.

If I was at work today I could take a pic of my old for you I saved. I'm not back until tomorrow unfortunately.

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