HELP!! 2004 X5 3.0D steering lock issue

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    Hi Guys,
    Last night I went to start my car, the key turned to the ignition on point, but would not turn any further to start the engine. It took several attempts, moving the auto selector back and forth, and taking the key in and out a few times, before it actually turned and started - is this a faulty ignition switch or lock barrel??

    The earlier X5's seem to have a lot of E39 kit in them, and I know the E39's have an issue with the ignition switches, but does this extend to the barrel itself??

    Rich
     
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    Today I tried the car again, whether it was just a one off last night, I don't know, but it was fine today. I tried it several times, but no sign of the key not turning to start the car. In case anyone thinks it was a case of the key turning, but not operating the starter - as would be the case if the autobox was not in "P" or "N", it wasnt that - the key would not physically turn to the start position. I am not too sure of how the steering lock works, but could that partially disengage to allow the key to turn so far, but not any further??

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    Every car I've ever owned or driven that required a key in the ignition has on occasions played up with the key not wanting to turn in the lock.

    A few attempts to turn the steering wheel to either side and all was well.

    No rhyme nor reason as to when it happened. Hopefully that's all it is
     
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    Thanks Edthefed for that, I have had those occasions myself, where the steering lock stopped the key turning at all, and usually that was because of how I had parked so the steering wheel was jamming the locking pin and stopping the lock releasing, which just needs the wheel to be turned a bit to release the pin, and allow the key to turn, but in my case the key DID turn, but only so far, the ignition came on, but the key would not turn any further to operate the starter. Maybe I should spray some WD40 into the lock as a preventative measure, although the key normally is not sticky when it is turned, to suggest oiling would help.

    At least today I can ring the garage I use, and see what they think, and see if it is a known problem..
    Rich
     

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