Hi, my father's 1989 200D w124 has the steering locked, he can't turn the key.
Does any one have any "quick" up their sleeves on how
this could be fixed? Would prefer to just remove the whole locking mechanism,
don't care about security, nobody'd steal it.
Just realized something, if the steering lock mechanism is removed would this be
a problem if the car gets towed? Or this is there
an external way of locking the wheels so the car doesn't zig-zag across the road
No, this isn't right. Towing guys don't want the wheel locked either.
they will take care of holding the wheel where they want it( usually
with a belt or rope) ...
When you see a car being towed that isn't tracking straight... This is
a car with locked steering, and a tow truck driver that doesn't have
I was told the same, when my standard transmission-ed pickup needed a (long)
tow after an (ahem) incident with a much larger truck. If it is a matter of
a few kms, the bearings have enough oil still on them, but any thing in the
double-digit kms, the transmission has to be kept from turning, either with
dollies or by disconnecting the driveshaft.
'94 E320 carried on a flat-bed once
It is normally done, depending on how the steering wheel is locked. If the
front wheels are straight then little/no effort is required.
I always think that one has to start from the beginning, including with the
obvious "Have you plugged it in?" type of question.
Presumably your towing question relates to the situation where the vehicle
is lifted from the rear. Of course it can be lifted from the front, or
taken off the road altogether, or stays on all four wheels and you steer...
Maybe someone else will chime in with another suggestion.
For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling
This is a quite well known phenomenon with these cars.
Ignition key and lock do not match together any more after years of use.
You should go to a lock shop where they can make a copy of the key. Copy
is usually slightly different than the original and it might work at
least some months.
It's also possible to remove the lock but it takes a working key to do
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