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We have a p reg bmw

We need to get the ignition barrel out as i need to fit a new one but cannot get it out and cannot afford to put it in the garage

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  • mddyv7 Jul 26, 2008

    need help fitting new egnition barrel.old barrel is out but cant get the new one in.is the a particular possition or procedure.would appreciate anyones help

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Down beside the key slot there is a tiny pin hole, you need a long thin piece of wire just big enough to fit the hole, then put the key in and turn it to the first auxillary position, push the piece of wire into the hole and the barrel will pull out of the housing with the key. regards, steve

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