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hi, wondering if anyone has any experience of a problem i have just encountered. just pulled up at home after a short drive, gone to turn off the car as usual, turned the key to the off position and taken the key out of the ignition. i was just about to get out of the car when i noticed the engine was still running, so i checked that the ignition barrell is in the off position, which it is. so i put the key back into the ignition to see if it will turn, and it wont. the car now has the ignition turned on permanently, but the key is in the off position. i have had to stall the car to turn the engine off and disconnect the battery to stop it being stolen. could anyone help, could it be the barrell (which i think is favorite) or something else behind the barrell? :mad

help me obiwan kinobi, your my only hope :silly
 

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Happend on 2 of my e36s the lastest around christmas u need a new barrel from bmw it will be coded to your car and keys : ) it took 3-4 days to arrive as before it took 3 weeks, i think the problem is so common they have them pre made on the shelf in germany now! it was £41 i think under £45 any way and a run of the mill garage should fit it for £20,the good thing with ignition being on u can be push started to get to the garage : )
U will have to go to bwm and show i.d for the car and leave a deposit,i am lucky my bwm dealership is about amile away.
 

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Happend on 2 of my e36s the lastest around christmas u need a new barrel from bmw it will be coded to your car and keys : ) it took 3-4 days to arrive as before it took 3 weeks, i think the problem is so common they have them pre made on the shelf in germany now! it was £41 i think under £45 any way and a run of the mill garage should fit it for £20,the good thing with ignition being on u can be push started to get to the garage : )
U will have to go to bwm and show i.d for the car and leave a deposit,i am lucky my bwm dealership is about amile away.
The thing with second hand is it might not be long till it goes again!!! as it was a anti theft pin spring thing in the barrel that stopped people steeling the cars with a screw driver etc(was told this at bwm) but after time the key wares the pin and it breaks! pre 96 are common for this!
 

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Happend on 2 of my e36s the lastest around christmas u need a new barrel from bmw it will be coded to your car and keys : ) it took 3-4 days to arrive as before it took 3 weeks, i think the problem is so common they have them pre made on the shelf in germany now! it was £41 i think under £45 any way and a run of the mill garage should fit it for £20,the good thing with ignition being on u can be push started to get to the garage : )
U will have to go to bwm and show i.d for the car and leave a deposit,i am lucky my bwm dealership is about amile away.
just spoke to a local bmw specialist and he says i need the barrel housing too, he quoted me £230 for the job including parts and labour, wondering now if i need the housing or if he trying to charge me for something i dont need:eek
 

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i doubt that! its only the barrel thats nackered ring up sycamore in peterborough just to test what they say dont tell them what the others said about housing tell him your problem and see what he says! 01733 707 070 ask them to put i through to parts : )
 

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Hi mate,

Its not as bad as some people think it is! the hardest task is getting the old barrel out!

after removing the cowlings you will see a black immobilisor ring around the barrel that has 2 wires from it, you need to remove this.

once the ring is removed be gentle with it as the wires are a bit fragile!then using the good old fashioned stiff wire into the small cut out in the face of the barrel you will need locate the release catch!!! you will need some patience with this!! i used the siffist thing i could find which was the rods that you get from the clamp thingy in one of those big lever arch files, there is no danger of them snapping in the hole and leaving bits in there that will get in the way.

I got the barrel from bmw at a cost of £40. i tried second hand but after cutting it out of the colum it was sent in i discovered it was the wrong one!!

once you have the new barrel its easy. you have to be forceful with it to locate back into the coloum.when its in put the immobilisor ring back over the new barrel :) job done.

Hope this makes sense, if not let me know :)
 

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ive been trying and trying to get my lock barrell using all sorts of things but it just will not move !!!!

im going to scream !!
 

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ive been trying and trying to get my lock barrell using all sorts of things but it just will not move !!!!

im going to scream !!
 

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ignition barrel removal

I had a similar problem, got a new barrel but it wasn't the problem....
If you remove the cowling from the steering wheel and locate the end of the barrel, you can remove the ignition switch and then twist the actuator back into place. refit the switch after lubricating with a bit of vaseline and all worked well for me.
If you are unsure on how to remove the barrel there are a few videos on you tube. after struggling for days, i watched it and sorted the barrel ot in under 15 seconds.
 

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Following antevans0161 commets. I fixed this problem in exact same way.

I removed the lower steering wheel shroud and followed instructions which had been previously posted on an older bimmerforum thread (also on youtube). The barrel clicked back into position and has been working fine for last 4 months.

My problem started when I was away from home. Had to stall car to turn engine off, then called out AA to jump start it, drove home, got on bimmerforums and hey presto! Fixed in 20 minutes. :)
 

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I've had a similar drama, lock went as tight as hell, couldn't turn it, when I pulled the key out, I couldn't get it back in. . . .. wear & tear :-(
I found that a 2mm allen key slottted in the release hole, with a bit of a wiggle released the lock mechanism, greased it up with some red synthetic grease, and it's been spot on ever since!!!
 
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