BMW X3 2005

Ignition Switch


Removal & Installation

This model is equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column, and instrument panel, disable the SRS.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Disconnect battery cable.
  5. Remove steering wheel and air bag module. Refer to Steering Wheel removal and installation.
  7. Remove steering column covers. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The top section of steering column cover
    The ignition plug connection (1)
    Position special tool 61 3 300 as illustrated with flattened side (A) to ring antenna of electronic immobilizer (2)
    Pry out ring antenna of electronic immobilizer (2) in direction of arrow and remove

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    Fig. Using tool 61 3 300 to remove ring antenna


  9. If necessary, unlock interlock through bore (1).
  11. With ignition key, turn to required position R.
  13. Press special tool 32 3 110 into cylinder hole and remove ignition switch and locking cylinder.

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    Fig. Using tool 32 3 110 to remove ignition switch and lock cylinder