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Old 12-19-2011, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile 1998 740il Steering lock Tumbler

I have a question about my 1998 740il. I have to wiggle the steering wheel while putting pressure on the keys to unlock and start the car.
I was told that it could be the tumbler/Barrel inside the steering wheel lock mechanism.
is this pretty easy to change? can I do it myself?

your reply is greatly appreciated. thanks.
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Yes you can... Remove the trim around the steering column (Disconnect battery), you may want to remove the steering-wheel... Look under the Ign barrel and notice a small pin, this needs punching to release the barrel...
If you wish to change the whole unit then you have to drill thru the top "shear-bolts"...
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when i do as you recommended by punching the pin under the ignition barrel, will the steering wheel still lock after?
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I think so, remove the steering-wheel just for safety reasons ;-)
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