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Old 12-09-2008, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hi new to bimmerwerkz.. got a problem put key in ignition only thing that lights up is the mileage and seat belt light.got to keep on turning key back and forth about 20 times to get all ignition light to come on then it starts fine .
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it a "smart key" with a battery that needs to be recharged while in the ignition switch?
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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tried all three keys same problem
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Might be a bad lock cylinder.
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sounds like possibly a bad ignition switch
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Deffo, ignition switch.
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Old 12-14-2008, 03:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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any diy on ignition switch removal
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Car details would help!
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your best bet would be to just look at the manual that came with the car, it should have anything you need to know to change the ignition switch
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Here's the part no's,

RealOEM.COM * BMW E46 323i STEERING LOCK/IGNITION SWITCH

I will see if I have a how to do.
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I cant locate anything on switch removal, but ive done them before, remove the cover from the bottom of the steering wheel, you will then see the rear of the switch, from then on its common sense really.

I have got this:

BMW E46 DIY (Do It Yourself)

Which is basically a workshop manual nearly. just click on E46 on the left, the scroll down and click on what you want to do.

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thank you nice diy site never seen before cheers
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No problem, glad to be of some help, all the way from the other side of the pond............I presume that your in the US.
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