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Old 12-07-2019, 10:38 PM
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I need help with this

I bought this e46 and it's missing the whole lock system, ordered something on Amazon and it comes in on Monday but it doesn't come with the Hole for the key, meaning grey part that you insert the key in, What is that part called I've been looking everywhere but can't find the name of the part.
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Old 12-07-2019, 10:47 PM
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I think it's called a key inserterer thinga-majig
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Old 12-08-2019, 04:24 AM
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I believe he's talking about the Key Cylinder.

I ran into an issue with mine a couple weeks ago actually. It just went limp mode and a piece broke off. Had to order a new replacement to insert my key and get it all working again.

That Spring was a B*tch to get on though lol Anywho, video below if you're having trouble assembling it all back together again. (Had to leave my car door unlocked for a couple days since my Key Fob mother board got toasted a couple years ago)


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