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Old 07-13-2004, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my key cylinder froze, I tried the DIY push start install with no success, please help!!!!!(1997 318i 4 door sedan)
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this is e46...you need e36.

Also, if it didn't work:

1. Check to make sure you have the right wires on the relay.
2. If you used a wire splice, make sure it worked. I used them at first and it did not actually power the relay. I went trough 3 relays before I figured that out, thinking they were the problem.
3. Make sure your ground connection is solid too.
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my key cylinder froze, I tried the DIY push start install with no success, please help!!!!!(1997 318i 4 door sedan)
Did you install a separate button to turn the car on and off? If not, there's no reason the car would start just by doing the push button install. I had the same problem with my lock cylinder - read through El Pres' DIY again and check out the 2nd part.

Another option would be to just disconnect the ignition switch from the cylinder and start your car with a screw driver.
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Another option would be to just disconnect the ignition switch from the cylinder and start your car with a screw driver.
Lol how ghetto would that be :
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Agreed, but when BMW wants to charge you >10% of your car's value to get the key to turn, and you're a poor college student who needs to get to work, it's a good temporary option til you have time to do something a little more deserving of your car...
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