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Old 10-17-2006, 08:15 AM
Bill Ladd Bill Ladd is offline
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Originally Posted by firemediceric View Post
Maybe my frustration and disappointment will be at the same point it is today and I will just opt to torch the car where it is. Just kidding...maybe.
Dang, brother, I wish you were in my neck of the woods. I'd come over and show you how I did it. Sounds like you're doing everything right.

Try winmutt's suggestion. Perhaps your plunger is not getting in there far enough to release the detent.

Once you have the tumbler out and in your hand, it all makes sense.

When I fixed my buddies lock, he first handed me a very thin paper clip. Turns out it wasn't thick enough to push the detent all the way down.

If worse comes to worse, call AAA and have a locksmith snatch it out. Or head to your local indy Mercedes mechanic. Since the lock still turns, it shouldn't cost too much to have them take it out for you.

Good luck.
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