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Old 03-23-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
Mflara20
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Help with ignition switch

Hey my friends 1996 328i ignition switch got stock on position one and for some reason the key it's not inside the ignition switch. He can't turn the key in any direction it's like the steering wheel was locked, he had to disconnect the battery because the car was on position one without the key being in it. We're thinking on replacing the ignition switch, but I don't know how to replace it so we can see if that's the problem. Can any one help us out, thanks!
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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I had a 1995 325ic and the switch did something similar, it got stuck in the 2nd stage and key just would turn 360d. I found out the tumbler had not broke but snapped out of place I reinstalled the same tumbler back in to position and problem fixed,Don't know how.. To remove the tumbler u need a special tool for it...watch it on YouTube.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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Help with ignition switch

I did watch some DIY on YouTube and none of the guys used a special tool.


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