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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 12-23-2012, 12:24 PM
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key cylinder

Anyone have to change out the key cylinder? Got the new one ouit , but no matter what I do ,the new cylider won't engage. It goes in fine, but cant turn the key. Anybody know any tricks?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:05 PM
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when you say 'new one', are we talking new in box from bmw specific to your vin, or a used part that is (hacked) into place??



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Old 12-23-2012, 03:19 PM
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I ordered it from dealer. $145, plus $65 for new key.
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so then it came with the break away bolts?? did you possibly damage anything when removing the old assembly??




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Old 12-23-2012, 04:37 PM
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Break away bolts!?? I'm talking about the ignition key cylinder. There are no bolts at all, and I guess if you dropped the cylinder it might get damaged, but sliding it in and out of where it goes won't damage it. I used a bobby pin to release the old cyl., and slid the new one in, and it won't turn. Thanx anyway.
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gotcha.

so why did you replace the old cylinder??




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Old 12-24-2012, 11:37 AM
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The tab that keeps the cylinder from spinning when you turn the key, wrote off, so when you turn the key, evverything spins.
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gotcha. so the dreaded 'e36 cylinder death spin', as it were...

so now it simply doesn't spin at all with the key?? weird....thought this was about as simple a proceedure as could be, so i am at a loss.

have you tried removing it to see if anything was askew in the housing??

other than taking it out and retrying it while makong sure nothing became dislodged is abot all i can think of at this point.




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I appreciate your assistance, thank you!
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