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Old 08-24-2012, 09:35 AM
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ok guys, I need some help before I buy the wrong part AGAIN ! So I got in my 95 525i to start it and nothing happened no lights, no nothing. The dash displayed "key in the ignition", so i was reading online and I saw that it could be the ignition cylinder. So I called my local stealer and got my replacement. Installed it and still nothing, same message "key in the ignition". Did some further research found out it could be the ignition switch. So i got the ignition switch off, used a screw driver to turn the switch and car started with no problem, BUT ! the steering wheel is still locked with the key in the run position. So I took a pair of pliers and turned the steering lock that's inside the ignition lock housing, to unlock the steering wheel. So every time I turn my key the lock that is supposed to turn the ignition switch doesn't turn at all when I turn the key. So do I need to purchase the ignition lock housing or the ignition switch. I don't think its the switch because I can use a screw driver to start the car. Any information would be helpful, when I call the local stealer they act like they don't know. Thanks guys, sorry for the long post.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:46 PM
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Yes you need a steering wheel lock assembly , I just did this on my 95 525i last November . The bad part is if you keep starting ur car this way , the ews2 will enable and shut your car down for good cause it will detect a theft like someone is trying to steal ur car . It's easy to replace it . There is a you tube video on it , but its from a e36 but its just the same . When u replace it use Allen bolts rather than the shear of bolts that originally was used in the car . Good luck
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:46 PM
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Haha.. Jeeze I had this problem in June. Dealer had to replace the ignition lock cylinder, steering lock housing. Our cars have EWS2 so you have to do it at the dealer. Be ready to spend 600-700.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:33 PM
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Haha.. Jeeze I had this problem in June. Dealer had to replace the ignition lock cylinder, steering lock housing. Our cars have EWS2 so you have to do it at the dealer. Be ready to spend 600-700.
No you don't have to bring it to the dealer , its an easy job , as long as you don't keep starting the car so the ews2 system won't detect a theft .

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Old 08-24-2012, 06:34 PM
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No you don't have to bring it to the dealer , its an easy job , as long as you don't keep starting the car so the ews2 system won't detect a theft .

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I should rephrase. You can only get the lock cylinder from the dealer. You can do everything else at home
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:58 PM
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theres no reason for the EWS to lock you out of the car AS LONG AS YOUR KEY IS STILL IN THE IGNITION. if you knew how the BMW EWS works like i do you would know that. i would rather not post how it works on the internet, but trust me on this. if you try starting it using the screw driver and no key it wont start at all, its not like it will start up and then cut out 5 seconds later etc.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:36 PM
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theres no reason for the EWS to lock you out of the car AS LONG AS YOUR KEY IS STILL IN THE IGNITION. if you knew how the BMW EWS works like i do you would know that. i would rather not post how it works on the internet, but trust me on this. if you try starting it using the screw driver and no key it wont start at all, its not like it will start up and then cut out 5 seconds later etc.
I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the ews2 system and what a fiasco it was . I know you have to use the key inserted on a dangling antennae ring in order for you to start it . And doing this so many times will lock you out , as my experie
nce . And ended up with a ews2,delete chip stage 1 conforti ... Well to familiar for my taste lol

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:54 AM
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cool thanks for the info guys, my part came in today. I will be working on replacing the housing this week. I'm a little nervous about the air bag though, don't want it to deploy on me. wish me luck.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:56 PM
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cool thanks for the info guys, my part came in today. I will be working on replacing the housing this week. I'm a little nervous about the air bag though, don't want it to deploy on me. wish me luck.
Make sure to disconnect your battery prior to disconnecting the air bag or you will get an SRS fault that has to be reset with the SRS tool specifically.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:01 AM
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ok I finally, finally, had time to work on the car. The snap ring was a pain in the a$$ !! to take off and put back on. There was no way I could get that thing back on by myself while trying to Pull the column out at the same time. I finally got it on, then I realized I had bent some of the grooves on the column from my vise grips trying to pull it out. So I had to take a tiny flat head to straighten the groves back out to get the steering wheel on. Got the steering wheel back on after pounding the sh!t out of it. After all the hard work,...............went down the street to test things out and my horn doesn't work and my steering wheel is way off . So now I have to go back and see where I went wrong. I did the proper steps and made my marks before I took the steering wheel off. evidently I am way off.. But any who other than that it was pretty easy for the most part.
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