Spinning ignition barrel

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Richieroo
Joined: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 18:17
Posts: 15

  Z3 roadster 2.8

Spinning ignition barrel

Post by Richieroo » Fri 27 Jul, 2018 10:26

Have a problem with this.

The lock started to malfunction occasionally, and then gave up the ghost when my wife was out one day.

Lock simply spins round - she was stuck with the engine n and unable to turn it off!

Have now taken ignition "switch" from the back of the lock mechanism and using a screwdriver to start and stop. Have to keep the key in lock for "halo" security ring to allow car to start.

Have obtained a new barrel from BMW (after having to give up my first born child for security!) but I can't get the old barrel out. Have watched all the videos on YouTube, but can't get this to work with the "pin".

I think the reason it wont work is that the whole lock is spinning when I turn the key, s that I cant get the pin into the right position to withdraw the lock. Have tried drilling a small hole in the housing to try to depress the small "keep" on the barrel but with no success.

Does anyone have any suggestions please? Don't particularly want to replace the barrel housing on the steering wheel as it's expensive and also looks tricky to do

TIA Richard

mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
Posts: 863

  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

Post by mrscalex » Fri 27 Jul, 2018 15:00

If you mean the release hole. You can get the proper tool off eBay for about £7.

I’ve done it with a vent paper clip before. But it’s fiddly. I haven’t tried the tool yet but I bought it to simplify the job.

But the key is meant to be turned to posn 1 or 2 to align the release pin. That may be your problem.
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2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - Keeper rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Cookies) - Keeper rebuilt having been bought with a seized engine
2002 Z3 3.0 Sapphire Black (Peanut) - Keeper awaiting rebuilding having been bought as an abandoned project
Plus Willy, Kodak & Maycee - All 2.2 Sport projects. Yes, 6 is a lot of Z3s :)
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

Richieroo
Joined: Mon 14 Oct, 2013 18:17
Posts: 15

  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

Post by Richieroo » Sun 29 Jul, 2018 11:09

Thanks. I’m not sure that the Lack of the tool is the problem. I think that te whole barrel is spinning so that I can’t get the key into the correct position to effect the release. Not quite sure why this is happening.
Richard

mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
Posts: 863

  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

Post by mrscalex » Sun 29 Jul, 2018 12:37

As mentioned in my last paragraph, I would tend to suspect that too.
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2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - Keeper rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Cookies) - Keeper rebuilt having been bought with a seized engine
2002 Z3 3.0 Sapphire Black (Peanut) - Keeper awaiting rebuilding having been bought as an abandoned project
Plus Willy, Kodak & Maycee - All 2.2 Sport projects. Yes, 6 is a lot of Z3s :)
Always happy to try and help with spares :)

Jonco
Joined: Sat 04 Jun, 2011 08:24
Posts: 386

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Cheshire

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

Post by Jonco » Sun 29 Jul, 2018 16:31

Richieroo wrote:
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 11:09
Thanks. I’m not sure that the Lack of the tool is the problem. I think that te whole barrel is spinning so that I can’t get the key into the correct position to effect the release. Not quite sure why this is happening.
Richard
I've been down similar route a few times - first time it failed was with engine running. I've not been able to remove mine either but can reset it. I have removed the lower switch mechanism and the put a socket over the knurled inner spindle and then turned it and it has re-engaged.

I've not bought special tool but have tried various clips and shaped allen keys to no avail.

In amongst my paperwork from previous owner I found a receipt to say barrel had previously been changed and suspect they didn't get it right

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