View Full Version : Major problem!! Need help please!!

10-18-2005, 03:31 PM
My 92 325i had a problem that has resurfaced. About a year ago, the aluminium piece in the column that goes between the ignition lock cylinder and the ignition switch broke in half causing the key to just turn and do nothing. It also runs the steering wheel lock. I used a little JB weld and put it back together, and it worked for a year. But it broke again today. The dealer cannot get this part. Is anyone parting out a car or know where there is a junkyard that will get me this thing? The car is dead in the water until this is fixed :(

AMI Motorsports
10-18-2005, 04:27 PM
http://car-part.com/ best junkyard search tool.

Justin e36
10-18-2005, 05:26 PM
that little plastic thing is designed to break. it's a theft-safety feature on the ignition locks. if a thief tries to turn the wrong key in there forcefully, or uses a flathead screwdriver, it will snap the plastic ring and keep spinning in circles.

try another dealer, I'm positive you can get it.

10-19-2005, 01:25 AM
it wasn't the plastic piece.....it was the aluminum shaft that runs between the lock cylinder and the igition switch. It also has the cam on it to release the steering lock. So far I have found a new assembly (the WHOLE steering lock assy) for $100. Sucks to have to buy the whole thing just to take out one little piece :(

AMI Motorsports....I use that all the time, i agree....best ever! All I can get for a JY probably though would be a whole column. :(

Justin e36
10-19-2005, 01:51 AM
yep, you'll need to buy the whole assembly for that.

10-19-2005, 03:50 PM
Give http://forums.bimmerforums.com a try

10-23-2005, 04:34 PM
ok....another question....got the steering lock and got the old one off. What the hell is with BMW using round tappered headed bolts??? Damn thats a pain in the ass. Does the dealer sell replacement bolts for theses things that ACTUALLY have wrench flats on them to re install???

10-23-2005, 06:24 PM

My guess is you need #11...? The new bolts come with a head. When you torque them down, the head breaks off. It's a security thing.


10-23-2005, 08:15 PM
wow....thats it! I'll be damn. Guess I'll be going to the dealer tomorrow! Thanks!

10-23-2005, 08:34 PM
Holy Cow! That is an awesome site.......glad you linked that to me. That should be a sticky or something.

10-23-2005, 10:44 PM
No prob.

www.realoem.com = *th-up*