Key Stuck in the Igntion.

Asked by May 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM about the 1997 BMW 3 Series 328i Convertible RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am restoring a 1997 BMW 328ic convertible. It has 103,000 miles on it. The battery was dead. I bought a new one today and put it in. I took time for the system to power up.  I put the key in the ignition and tried to start it.  The streering wheel didn't lock, but the key locked in the ignition.  I can't get it out. The car is in the on position, but I can't turn over the motor.  What do I do? How do I get the key out.?


I tried to jiggle it out. I tried WD-40 on the key. I tried putting my foot on the break, turning the wheel and the key. Nothing.

I took the new battery out, and put it on a charger.

What should I do?

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You have to take it to the dealership. They can remove the ignition mechanism from the steering column,and removing the key. Once they get it out, have them replace it with a new one. You can also try to shifting the gears to different positions. The linkage or relay thinks your still in gear not allowing you to remove the key.

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The ignition lock assemblies fail on the vehicles. It is neccessary to have it carefully dis assembled to limit the amount of new parts that are required to make the repair. There are three parts the ignition tumbler which the key is inserted into, the column lock assembly and the electrical ignition switch. Typically the tumbler or the ignition switch failed but agressive attempts to turn the key can ruin the lock assembly. There are numerous BMW repair facilities outside the dealer tat can make the repair. You must fix the column that is in your car. DO NOT attemt to purchase a used column and install it it will NOT WORK. There is a reciever in the column and a control module under the dash which are coded to the DME (engine control computer) that will not let another column start the car. If you are in the Cleveland area we can easily make the repair.

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if the car is an automatic and is not sensing that it is in park it won't allow you to take the key out

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Thank matteo I dint pay. That much attention but that could be the problem

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