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Old 08-22-2013, 03:21 PM
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So I did a foolish thing and put a single key on that dash which slid into the defrost vent. How can I get it out? - 07 328i 4D.
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So I did a foolish thing and put a single key on that dash which slid into the defrost vent. How can I get it out? - 07 328i 4D.
It lifts out from the corners by using an old credit card. There are two sections, attached with T20 screws. If it has gone beyond, you may need a long magnet to fish it out.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:44 PM
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It lifts out from the corners by using an old credit card. There are two sections, attached with T20 screws. If it has gone beyond, you may need a long magnet to fish it out.
It dropped from passenger side and when i turned right while driving, it slid left. In case I don't get it out, will it affect any parts?
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It dropped from passenger side and when i turned right while driving, it slid left. In case I don't get it out, will it affect any parts?
I think the big question is: do you have CA?
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i think the big question is: Do you have ca?
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:07 PM
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He meant Comfort Access.

Here is a tool I recently bought. While I think it is very nifty, I still couldn't get a little nut that is stuck under my DME/ECU white "casket" (I think the whole thing would need to be removed at this point, so I just left it there). I assume this is the type of tool that kurgan was suggesting for you.

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It dropped from passenger side and when i turned right while driving, it slid left. In case I don't get it out, will it affect any parts?
Won't affect aside from rattling.
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He meant Comfort Access.

Here is a tool I recently bought. While I think it is very nifty, I still couldn't get a little nut that is stuck under my DME/ECU white "casket" (I think the whole thing would need to be removed at this point, so I just left it there). I assume this is the type of tool that kurgan was suggesting for you.

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I see this as a "design" problem. The vents shouldn't "swollow" a key fob. As a former manager of engineers I would ask them why they didn't anticipate this!
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I see this as a "design" problem. The vents shouldn't "swollow" a key fob. As a former manager of engineers I would ask them why they didn't anticipate this!
They thought in universal truths: "Nobody drinks in their car... Or if they do it must only be bottled water." "Nobody puts items on their dashboard."

OP: just curious, can you hear it sliding around on turns?


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I see this as a "design" problem. The vents shouldn't "swollow" a key fob. As a former manager of engineers I would ask them why they didn't anticipate this!
I read as a standard "key", not a fob, a small key can fit in the vent and become part of the car
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I read as a standard "key", not a fob, a small key can fit in the vent and become part of the car
It's just a key, not keyfob. I hear it rattling. So I bought the T20 screw driver and was able to open up the part above navigation piece with a credit card. Now have to unscrew that piece and fish. The best part is the key does not stick to a magnet.....it's luck fishing at this point!
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Maybe double sided tape will help make the key stick to whatever you're fishing around with? Just be careful when fishing lest the tape get attached to the sides and become a permanent part of your interior.


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It's just a key, not keyfob. I hear it rattling. So I bought the T20 screw driver and was able to open up the part above navigation piece with a credit card. Now have to unscrew that piece and fish. The best part is the key does not stick to a magnet.....it's luck fishing at this point!
Put a piece of double stick tape on the end of a long dowel. You might be able to pick up the key that way. Or try a vacuum cleaner with a really narrow nozzle attachment.

[edit/]LOL - Jet Black - thinking on the same lines.
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Ummm, unless one of you guys knows where to buy a magnet which will attract brass, a magnet isn't going to do the job.
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Ummm, unless one of you guys knows where to buy a magnet which will attract brass, a magnet isn't going to do the job.
Depends on the key, I have several that are attracted, my car cover lock key, my gun cabinet safety key, my kryptonite lock key, are not brass.
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Depends on the key, I have several that are attracted, my car cover lock key, my gun cabinet safety key, my kryptonite lock key, are not brass.
Just checked 47 different car keys, 32 of them are totally non magnetic and 15 have a very slight magnetic attraction (I have a very strong alnico magnet). It's weird that there is a slight attraction on some, I can just move them while they lie down, but the magnet won't pick them up. Must be an unusual alloy.
I then checked 6 keys to cabinets, a toilet paper and paper towel dispenser and various pad locks. All of them are strongly magnetic. Wonder what kind the OP lost?

I have a story about the kid who started the original Kryptonite lock company back in the early/mid 70's. I was an engineer in the casting company which made his prototype lock bodies, and he was part of the reason I ended up going into business for myself. PM me if you want to hear it.

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Just checked 47 different car keys, 32 of them are totally non magnetic and 15 have a very slight magnetic attraction (I have a very strong alnico magnet). It's weird that there is a slight attraction on some, I can just move them while they lie down, but the magnet won't pick them up. Must be an unusual alloy.
I then checked 6 keys to cabinets, a toilet paper and paper towel dispenser and various pad locks. All of them are strongly magnetic. Wonder what kind the OP lost?
I'm assuming it's a small, narrow key, and I don't think it's the key in the BMW fob either.

Things get cheaper every day, things that were brass may be brass on the outside, cheap steel on the inside.
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It lifts out from the corners by using an old credit card. There are two sections, attached with T20 screws. If it has gone beyond, you may need a long magnet to fish it out.
So with the help of my neighbors fishing hook, a safety pin, opening up the top of navigation panel and with lot of patience, my neighbor and i were able to pull that bad ass key from the vent. Phew! Thanks for this reply man. You made my day!


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So with the help of my neighbors fishing hook, a safety pin, opening up the top of navigation panel and with lot of patience, my neighbor and i were able to pull that bad ass key from the vent. Phew! Thanks for this reply man. You made my day!


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