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Old 04-15-2007, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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cant get my ignition OUT!!!!!!!!!

im having a problem getting my ignition cylinder out of my 93 325i. in the bentley book it says stick a stiff piece of thin wire into the hole on the locking cylinder at radio position then turn it back 12 degrees to release the cylinder.....UM YEA no release of cylinder. am i not doing it right??? or am i missing something? i gotta get it out today so i can get a new one tomorrow cuz i need my car but up and running.


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I am assuming that the procedure is the same as for my 1995 318i. You put the key in the ignition and turn it to the ON position. Then it is a race against your battery to get the wire in (I lost the race when I tried). Best of luck with it, I found that paper clips are really hard to use because of the bend that you inevitably can not get out.
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I am assuming that the procedure is the same as for my 1995 318i. You put the key in the ignition and turn it to the ON position. Then it is a race against your battery to get the wire in (I lost the race when I tried). Best of luck with it, I found that paper clips are really hard to use because of the bend that you inevitably can not get out.

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so you have to beat your battery essentially to remove it? Would it help if your battery was low on power? That is interesting I did not know that you had to do anything like this to remove the ignition cylinder.
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so you have to beat your battery essentially to remove it? Would it help if your battery was low on power? That is interesting I did not know that you had to do anything like this to remove the ignition cylinder.
yea me either...its not making any sense to me
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yea me either...its not making any sense to me
lol... No you don't have to actually get it out before the battery loses all power. It's just a pain when you are doing it in a parking lot at college or your drive way without someone elses car ready to jump your's when you are done.

If the key is not in the "ON" position it will be impossible to get the wire into the hole needed to pop the cylinder out. You have to get the wire in a couple inches in order to do it. On a large paper clip is it just past where you would have unbent it, which is why I say paper clips are also a pain. If you have the new cylinder you can easily see how it works and it will confuse you as to why it is not as easy when the cylinder is in the car.
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That is my favorite thing about any kind of dissassemble and reassemble books. HA Everythings is said to come with ease in perfect order haha. Soon you find out nothing ever comes out with ease or in the right order and you get more and more pissed at the guy in pictures that has it out. HAHA GOOD LUCK sorry I can't be of service.
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