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How do i fix the problem with the key lock spinning around the car wont start

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This a safety feature in the BMW if the ignition is forced it breaks
need to replace the ignition cylinder

Removing and installing/replacing lock cylinder for steering wheel lock

Car with ring antenna:
Remove lower section of steering column trim.
Using special tool 61 3 300, press ring antenna off locking cylinder.

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With ignition key, use workshop key for better accessibility, turn lock cylinder to "R" position = radio, windscreen wiper, fan.

Caution: On vehicles with freewheel lock cylinder up to 10/95: twist lock cylinder back through 12°.

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Push special tool 32 3 110 into hole of lock cylinder an swivel handle forward by approx. 90°. Remove lock cylinder.



You can substitue a pick for the tool

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