How do you remove ignition switch from 318 BMW?
Ignore what Haynes tells you to do, (ie using a 1.2mm probe).
Buy a new switch from your BMW dealer, you will see a spring loaded catch on the barrel.
Remove pastic cover on under side of steering column, Using the new barrel as a template, drill a 4mm hole on the underside of the aluminum casing, this will expose the spring loaded catch, push the catch in with a small screw driver and extract the old barrel. Fit new barrel.
To remove an ignition switch from this car start by disconnecting the battery ground strap and taking off the steering wheel. The nut that holds it on is under the BMW emblem in the center. Mark the stud that and the steering wheel next to it so it will be easy to realign during installation. To take the steering wheel off the key must be in the run ( unlocked ) position. Next remove the…
BMW E32 1988 ignition switch REMOVE AND REPAIR Can turn enough to release steering lock BUT not as far as accessory position?
MORE DETAIL The ignition switch turns just enough to release the steering lock, but not as far as the Accessory position. The following link illustrates the problem. http://evansweb.info/articles/2003/01/19/removing-the-ignition-lock-barrel The cylinder does not turn far enough to use this removal method. Drill a small hole at 3 o'clock on the tumbler and drive a small finishing nail in to release the tumbler.