Does anyone have experience replacing the ignition switch (actually
the ignition lock cylinder) on a mid-80's Mercedes? I understand most
eventually lock up due to wear and tear and it is not a rare
occurance. Mine locked up yesterday without warning. I need to make
some fast calls tomorrow to find out where it can be repaired and what
the cost will be.
I've heard it can be anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Can anybody
confirm? or offer some helpful info.
I heard that lubing it up and applying vibration to it (e.g. from a
sanding machine) may help to get it to turn one more time.
You have to turn the key a little to be able to remove the cylinder and
replace it. If you can't turn it it has to be drilled out.
Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...
and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope....
Unfortunately, yes. Stopped to pick up a passenger on one of Manhattan's
busiest streets during morning rush hour. Key had worked leaving home ten
minutes earlier. Now it would not work for love nor money. (There had
been signs of increasing recalcitrance.) Had to call a tow truck to take
the car to a Mercedes shop near home. The new setup cost about $800, with
a different key. So now I have to have two keys, one for the ignition and
one for everything else. Car is a 1981 300 SD.
I understand most
You are right on the cost of drilling that out and replacing it. Let the
dealer do it so they can match your original key.
In the meantime, you can try to get it to on position to save money and time
and tow. Squirt some graphite lock lubricant in the hole... Then use your
key and try to wiggle it in all direction and angle or circular motion while
you are holding the steering wheel in the middle of the tension... if
steering wheel is against the stop, it will be extremely difficult to get
the ignition key switch loose.
Once you get it in on position, go direct to dealer to see if they can do a
quick swap with a temp one...But never turn the key to off!... leave key in
acc to avoid draining the battery.
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