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Ignition barrel release from housing. How to know if it's the lock cylinder or the housing?

I have a bmw e34 ineed to take out the ignition barrel from housing,is there a pin or something to release it I have this issue but switch cannot get to first position. Key turns just enough to unlock steering wheel...if you let go it snaps back to off. It locked up like this a day before and a little wiggling got it past. But now it won't go past, even after oiling key and such. Does this sound like the lock cylinder went bad or the housing? If the latter, how hard is it to remove the housing? (not in the Bentley manual). Thanks!

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Just put "BMW ignition lock problem" in google's search field and read all about it. Hope it helps but I haven't mastered the technique of manipulating the (paper clip/small allen key/piece of wire) described in various posts on other sites. Good luck!

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7. slide the lock cylinder out of the cylinder housing.
8. disconnect the passlock and key buzzer from the lock cylinder housing
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1. the gears between the ignition switch and the lock cylinder must be in the correct position, failure to do this will cause the gears to be out of line in the ignition switch and lock cylinder housing witch would result in a no start of engine or even drain the battery, so make sure you get this part right.
2. you need to make sure the gears are lined up correctly if not it wont work correctly if it is wrong you need to turn the gear in the ignition switch until it is in the correct possition
3. use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear counter clockwise until it hits a stop.
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5. insert the ignition switch into the lock cylinder housing, the tabs on the ignition switch must be lined up correctly in the lock cylinder, make sure this is correct.
6. use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear clockwise to the start position - allowing it to spring return on its own into the run position, if it dont do this then the chances are you have the lock in the housing the wrong way or gears not set correct.
7. align the lock cylinder and then install the lock cylinder into the lock cylinder housing.
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9. install the steering column trim covers.
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Push down on the hex wrench to release the tab on the lock cylinder inside the lock cylinder housing

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