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    hey guys bumping this thread cos i now have this dreaded problem... and i'm too skint to afford a new barrel! just wanted to get some things straight...

    the 'fix' people are refering to, is this using a screw driver instead of a key?

    and the 'tool kit' these people carry, would someone be kind enough to list exactly what one needs?

    Many thanks people... know im a bit of bimmer forum newb, but desperate for help!
     
     

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    damn... two weeks and no reply :(
     
     

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    give me 5 mins and will sort it
     
     

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    you will need 1 pair of sturdy pliers i find the plumbers grips hold better
    1 thin flat blade screwdriver about 3mm wide (from memory)
    and wotever screw driver to undo cowling i never put the screw back in as it clips together tight and has never come loose

    and once you do this your back to using your key
     
     

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    a little update it went again tonite used the fix in this thread and back on the rd so it lasted about 15 months between fixes so here's to free fixes . And another 15 months
     
     

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    Thread resurrection no 348 , but has anyone used the screw to stop the barrel spinning again?

    Mine has spun once so far since I bought my e36 and is defo on the way out, tempted to screw it before it becomes terminal. Anyone tried it?
     
     

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    Hi Brando

    My E36 spins periodically too. I also want to try the screw method to hold the barrel in place. Did you try it on yours? Did it work?

    Cheers Marc
     
     

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    I've got Rockingham tomorrow as soon as that is done I'm trying it. Mine has only spun in the barrel twice and each time has recovered itself. Am a bit nervous / well aware I am on borrowed time.

    Defo going to try the screw but a bit skeptical it can provide enough friction to stop the barrel spinning. Either way it's worth a crack before it becomes too much of a problem.
     
     

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    Unfortunately I can't be of much help, but you're not alone, this exact problem happened to my 1996 316ti way back when, and a BMW tech as an "outside job" quoted me £60 to fix it.

    Dropped the car off - when I picked it up he also gave me a £150 bill to go with it!

    Apparently something else broke during the fix, I assume same as you, the ignition was stuck in pos 3.

    So yeah, be careful, make sure anyone fixing it for you keeps you updated! Grumble grumble grumble.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post
    Well, a strange but happy update.


    Thanks to a combination of advice from my new best friend devon dave and some consultation with the venerable RYM, I have managed to get the problem sorted (for now, it appears) freely!

    I did what Dave said in the above posts with the pliers etc. which helped me in managing to reset the switch and shaft which connects to it, but it was getting me nowhere in terms of actually removing the tumbler.

    RYM suggested a beefy paperclip, which I tried, and while I still failed to remove the tumbler, I managed to screw it around inside enough to do whatever needed doing and found that it's now working again when I use the key. Happy days!

    So once again, huge thanks to devon dave and RYM for their expertise.

    I'm going to carry all the necessary tools and paperclips/hairpins, etc. in the car with me from now on though in case I get caught on the hop by it. I would recommend anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation do likewise.
    lovely jabbly. Just missed first day of work due to this problem. Was hoping to push start car everytime until got paid so could buy parts and have them fitted. I am penniless but jubiliant after reading this thread.
     
     

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