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Update on Ignition Jam (archive)

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Posted by Paul H. on July 02, 1999 at 00:09:43:

In Reply to: Re: Jammed ignition. It was my turn last week. posted by ht on July 01, 1999 at 23:20:33:

: If it is the ignition switch and it is $$$$. May I suggest a "junk" yard. After all, the switch should be similar to most other BMW models. After you open the shroud, you'll see how simple that ignition switch is. To replace it, you may have to get a soldering gun, heat the solder and remove the 3 (?) wires off. IT is very simple.

Well, I pulled off the steering shroud today to have a better look.

Turns out that the ignition switch itself is fine, the trouble being located within the steering lock assembly. I'm refering to the metal piece surrounding the steering column, into which the key cylinder and all the column switches and ignition switch insert.

Something inside there has broken off and is loose (rattles going over bumps), and the steering wheel does not lock unless I remove the key, re-insert it and turn it slightly, while rocking the wheel.

Good news is that the steering lock assembly is cheaper than the ignition switch, but it looks like it may be a press fit, so I'll probably need to get my mechanic to fit it.

Prices, in Australian dollars, I got from my local dealer are approx $269 ($US175) for the switch and about $160 ($US104) for the lock assembly.


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