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Old 10-18-2006, 11:12 AM
JimZ JimZ is offline
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I'm assuming you have the tumbler out and are using a screwdriver? If so, you should try turning the key in tumbler with the tumbler in your hand. If it turns freely, it's most likely not the tumbler - or cylinder, as you may call it - that needs to be replaced. If it does stick, that's good. The new tumbler should be under $100 from the dealer.

If the key turns with no problem, you probably need a new ignition lock assembly, which is quite a bit more expensive and pretty difficult for a beginner - such as myself - to install.

Here's a link to the thread I started when I had this same problem:

Replacing (?) the steering lock
1983 MB 300SD Turbo Diesel
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