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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:26 PM
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E36 ignition shaft

So my ignition shaft broke and I was looking to buy another rather than buying a new housing. I got mine out just seeing if there are any good ones for sale?
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:23 PM
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Nope. You got no choice but buy the housing. The shaft is not available separately.

Been there, done that TWICE.

Make sure you get the right housing. There are at least three types. Your VIN in the VIN search box on realoem.com will give you the correct part number.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:24 PM
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Thanks man! Was a PAIN getting the housing out but glad it's over with and now on to ordering parts!
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:26 PM
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Which part number is it??

I am dealing with the notorious ignition shaft breaking and am ordering a housing there are two part numbers on it and not sure which one it is? Both numbers are housing numbers...any help?
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:27 PM
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Top is 1161551.0 bottom is 1160277.0
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:00 PM
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I merged your two threads. Makes it easier for those searching the forum later.

What are the last 7 digits of your VIN? I'll plug them into Realoem.com and get you the right part number.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:05 PM
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Realized the second was for a automatic housing and mines a manual (top one)
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:06 PM
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Checked real OEM and couldn't figure out why it only had the 1551 part then on ECSTUNING it said the other was for same production date but a automatic trans housing
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:07 PM
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Yup, no transmission interlock on the first one.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:10 PM
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Sweet! Ordered a new housing from ECS!
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:17 PM
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How'd you like dealing with those security screws?

I put regular button head hex socket screws back in it instead of security screws. IIRC they are 6M-1.0, but I'm not sure of that.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:27 PM
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I cut them with a dremel (in the shape of a Philips head screwdriver) then used a chisel and hammer and spun them out! Took about 2 days before I got em out :/ really annoyed me! Not to mention that damn snap ring....ugh oh well happy to get it running soon! ECS had a good price on a housing too so made me super happy! TMS wanted a little more so just got it from ECs
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:35 PM
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Yeah, it took me about a day to get the first one apart, but I used a slitter wheel on the second one and got it out with an impact screwdriver. Here's the type screw I replaced them with.....
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:38 PM
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Those look exactly like the ones I'm using on mine!
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:50 PM
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I tried a lot of different ways to repair the broken link, but finally gave up and ordered the housing. The link is zinc, so not weldable (at least not by me, and I was a welder/machinist for 28 years). I was wrong about using an impact screwdriver....it was an offset screwdriver. I'd forgotten about that until I looked up these pictures.

Here's some pictures of my first adventure in repairing the broken link, and my final solution. I got mine from AutohausAZ. I believe they were $147 with shipping. The second time (different E36) went a LOT faster.
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