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Old 09-04-2016, 07:44 AM   #1
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Key Lock Button Is...Caked In(?)

Hey all . So I've been searching everywhere--this forum, m3 forums, google-fooing, etc--and I can't find a post about a key where the lock button is just not clicking in. This is for the diamond shaped key for the e46 generation.

At first I thought that the key just needed to get reinitialized or a new battery, but after seeing how my other key faired I realized that the lock button simply just wasn't clicking.

Is there a fix for this? Has anyone ever tackled this problem? I'm pretty tech savvy and a relatively hands on kind of guy, so I'd have no problem taking apart the key and messing with the lock button. I'd just like to know if it's worth the effort before trying it. The last thing I want to do is call the dealership and ask them for a replacement.

Hopefully this thread gets some answers so others can see it too if they come across the same problem
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:44 AM   #2
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So after removing the plastic and cutting my hand in the process >< I concluded that it's the circuit board that needs to get replaced. The metallic button (no idea what the technical term is called) in the middle doesn't click when I press down. Off to eBay I go!
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