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replacing an ignition switch

Discussion in 'E24 (1977-1989)' started by eric266, Jan 5, 2009.

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    I just purchased an 84 633 that would not start. I troubleshot it to the ignition switch (i think!). I'm trying to remove the switch and took out the small set screw that holds it in place but there is not enough room to pull out the switch. Am I missing something in the removal. Also the ignition tumbler has a lot of play so I was going to change it out as well but can't find any info on how to get it out. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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    Eric Wilhelm
    74 3.0 CSi
    90 325i convertible
    84 633CSi
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    mooseheadm5

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    IIRC you have to pull the column to replace the lock, but if you are super lucky, you can do the switch without that. It takes some wiggling to find just the right way to get it out. Be careful, though, I had one customer break 3 of them because he didn't know what he was doing.

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    I was afraid I would have to pull the column to change the lock, guess I will live with a loose key!! Thanks for the info on the switch, I confirmed that the switch is bad and was part of the no start problem now if I can change it without breaking it!!

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    Eric
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    mooseheadm5

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    I seem to recall filing or grinding a tiny little bit once to get the thing in on an E12 (same as early E24.)

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