Question about 2003 BMW 330
I had a sticky ignition cyliner and this weekend and the tumblers got completely jammed. The key goes in but doesn't turn at all. Not even one click!!! So I can't use the pin insertion techniques. I have been searching the web for 4 days and at this stage I know I have only one of two solutions: to drill a small hole where the entry for the pin should be if the key would've turned, then use a pin to remove it; or drill straight through the center of cylinder to destroy the lock tumblers and then turn it to line up with the pin hole, and use the classic method to remove it. Before I attemp either, I need to know if anyone tried them and which one will work better (detail please) or will it work at all? I also just bought the Bentley service manual but they don't offer a solution to my problem.Btw, I ordered a new lock cylinder from dealer so I don't care if I ruin the old one. Help please.
If the lock is completely frozen, you will need to replace the lock housing. The housing has come apart inside. Does your manual give instruction on how to replace the ignition lock housing? Make sure you ask the dealer for new break away bolts for the new housing.
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
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