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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 02-19-2016, 01:25 PM
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Mein Auto: '95 740iL, '97 328iS
Locksmith needed?

I'm trying to remove my '97 328iS ignition key tumbler.
1. Position 0, OFF is ok. Key in/out ok.
2. Position 1 is ok, if I hold the key in Position 1 to power the windows, etc.
3. Cannot move key to Position 2.
4. Using a bobby pin, I've had some intermittent success to unlock the steering wheel.
I believe I have to get to Position 2, to remove the tumbler.
Would a commercial locksmith have that capability?
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Old 02-20-2016, 01:34 PM
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Bobby pin size matters

I viewed a video @dvatp.com, Doug's Domain. I was using too big of a bobby pin. Once I used a "medium" size pin, I removed the tumbler in 2-3 minutes. Thank you Doug' Domain.
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:26 PM
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Barked up the wrong tree

I removed the key tumbler using the bobby pin method.
I took it to a locksmith shop. They thought the tumbler was fine, mechanically. No charge, I left a $5 tip.
I removed the electric switch and used a flat bladed screwdriver to confirm that anything moved properly from 0 to 1 to 2.
Using WD40, I lubed the connecting shaft.
NO START and steering wheel still locked.

THEN I removed the locking spring using the 3/8" drill bit method via youtube. The other tree!!

Reinstalled the electric switch and key tumbler.

BINGO!! Good START and an unlocked steering wheel.

Five days of Bimmerfest advice, youtube videos, and $5 spent.
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