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Old 03-17-2003, 06:35 PM
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Tumbler won't turn

The tumbler of my 1987 300E will not turn. My son evidently inserted my BMW key into the ignition by mistake. I lubricated the tumblers but the key has difficulty going all the way in and once I get it fully inserted it will not turn.

Any sugestions?

1993 190E 2.3
2000 Toyota 4x4 Tundra
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:56 PM
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do a seach about tumblers on the forum. eventually i hope u get it to turn. and when u do, get it out. my tumbler was stuck a month ago, and i got it turning the next day. but then the day after that it was stuck again, this time i had to park it in front of my GF's house for over half a month. finally just today i got a new tumbler in. cost for tumbler = $90, cost to cut it our $600. i'd like to think that i was very lucky i got it out again. it came out in 3 pieces.

oh for my advice if u can't get it to turn try ordering another fresh key. did the trick for me. good luck
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:28 PM
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Here is a posting regarding ignition problems with a lot of suggestions: Ignition lock problem

Keep us posted,

'03 E320 Wagon-Sold
'95 E320 Wagon-Went to Ex
'93 190E 2.6-Wrecked
'91 300E-Went to Ex
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Old 03-18-2003, 11:04 AM
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One or more pins are probably stuck.
You might try to shock the pins loose. I little judicious whacking on the inserted key or the cylinder housing might shake it loose.
Take the panel off to get good access for a proper whacking.

If you do get it loose, you may want to replace it before it jams again. It's much easier to remove while unlocked.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
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