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Changing ignition key switch

My brother lost the keys so i bought a new new ignition key switch ipulled the stearing wheel off and there is a metal plate there and now i don't know what to do

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  • williamsf Jul 18, 2008

    i have the new tumbler with key but how do i get the old one out

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I lost my ignition key for my 1989 3251. I ordered a new key from BMW,
    only to find out that my key ignition had already been replaced by a
    previous owner (which is why I had two keys ... I( guess) Any ideas on
    the cheapest way to resolve? I have been surfing around the web hearing
    about the horror of trying to replace the key ignition and can't find a
    locksmith near me under $300.0



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From what I remember you need to put the missing key in and then press the cylinder release, a small hole by the ignition switch. Without the key, I guess you would need a locksmith to turn the tumbler then press the switch. Lock pick set anyone?

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

  • Jerry Wintrode Jul 18, 2008

    You need to remove steering wheel to get to the access hole, normally when you see the access hole you would turn the key to the on position and push in the spring loaded pin but unfortunately you do not have the key, so you will need to drill this pin out. If you don't feel comfortable drilling it, or if you need to pull steering wheel to get access to the hole and don't have a steering wheel puller then a lock smith can make a key for about $60-$100 depending on where you are located. The service fee is mostly for going out to the vehicle.

    If may be worth the money to just pay the locksmith, damage to the steering column will cost far more to repair.



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