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From Mon Apr 28 18:54:55 1997 Date: Mon, 28 Apr 1997 18:53:41 -0700
From: Michael Plumleigh <> To:
Subject: Wheel Locks


I don't know if you've received any other replies, but the same thing happened to me. Actually, I was at the tire store for a (not so) quick replacement of my MXX3s. In my case the key would turn freely and not disengage at all, so you are a little better off than I was. We finally gave up trying and they drilled out the center. By looking at your locks that still work you can see how the mechanism works--key pulls back the sprung pins from the grooves in the bolt. We did it the brute force way and I no longer use the rest of my locks based on that experience (at least neither of us was out on some highway!). Anyway, if you're halfway there you might keep trying awhile before reaching for the big drill...

Good luck.

Mike Plumleigh '95 M3

From: Dale Beuning <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 14:09:29 -0400
Subject: [none]

Subject: <BMW> wheel locks
To: () Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 09:45:39 -0700 (PDT)

I have the factory wheel locks on my E36 M3. One of them is now hosed up. I've got the key in the lock, turned and the cap is only coming off 1/2 way or less. Does any one have experience drilling or otherwise removing this style wheel lock? I'm trying to upgrade my brake pads before a weekend trip, and I guess that isn't going to happen.

'95 M3

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