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Old 01-12-2024, 07:45 PM
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I have the same thing but I need just to wiggle the new key a bit the first time. The problem is that the lock cylinder and the original key are both worn together and the new key is sharp and catches on the worn lock cylinder. Lube and wiggling will probably do the trick and maybe wire wheel to round off the new key might be the answer but I don't know if I would risk that, maybe talk to dealer and/or locksmith.
This! Happened to me too with a brand new key. I used a brass wire brush to smooth the sharp ridges and corners on the key blade (first protected the plastic part with masking tape). The difference was immediate and after a few weeks the new key worked exactly like the old one.
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If you use any lubrication I would only use gun oil spray. Working with key wipe the excess oil with debris from the cylinder of the key.
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Yep I was going to try with wire brush too and might still do that but after lubing it it just catches a bit and only on the first try inserting after the other key then works fine after that until I switch keys again. The Viscotene is fantastic on locks, any locksmith would probably say it is too sticky but I have been using it for 40 years and had my own shop for some of those and lubed many hundreds of locks and always worked flawlessly. Back in the day it was the ticket to keep door locks from freezing and was part of the winterizing package at my shop, never did I hear of anyone having a lock freeze after the Viscotene! It's a bit messy on the key but worth the extra trouble of wiping it a few times.
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do the original keys have a notch on each side cut near the top? i canít remember if thatís an e46 key iím thinking of or if itís an e53?


No the e53 doesn't have the side notches (at least over here) so I would think they cut the wrong key blank.

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so here are some more details - steering is locked, truck is parked
on a hill.

iíve tried using a hand held brass brush and brushing the edges of the key. tried using dry graphite lubricant - put it on the key and put the key in the ignition (not sure this was the best choice). Steering is locked, ignition is locked - wiggled the sh*t out of the steering wheel to no avail. at this point iím not sure which is causing the problem - the wheel lock or the ignition lock.

also not sure if the battery would be causing these things to remain locked (car hasnít been started for a few weeks) - dome light turns on, telescoping steering wheel adjuster works, havenít tried much else.
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so here are some more details - steering is locked, truck is parked

on a hill.



iíve tried using a hand held brass brush and brushing the edges of the key. tried using dry graphite lubricant - put it on the key and put the key in the ignition (not sure this was the best choice). Steering is locked, ignition is locked - wiggled the sh*t out of the steering wheel to no avail. at this point iím not sure which is causing the problem - the wheel lock or the ignition lock.



also not sure if the battery would be causing these things to remain locked (car hasnít been started for a few weeks) - dome light turns on, telescoping steering wheel adjuster works, havenít tried much else.
If it has side notches (perpendicular) it is the wrong key style.

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If it has side notches (perpendicular) it is the wrong key style.
thanks - I have the correct key, just might be too sharp on the edges. will have to try and smooth it out a bit more
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Dry graphite is pretty much useless for something like this, try a different lube spray.
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Tried some lubricant spray in the ignition lock but still no luck. Going to see if I can get a plastic valet key to work (as soon as it arrives) - really sucks that I can’t get the steering to unlock, not even sure how i will be able to get it towed, if it comes down to that.
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I imagine dealer is saying that there is no way that it's the wrong key because they come come direct from BMW ?? What's with the notches that you said the key has ?? I don't remember all the details but are we "assuming' that the ignition lock cylinder is original ?
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