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Old 03-27-2008, 11:00 PM
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What are my options as far as getting a new key made or just getting the switch to turn?
You have thaqt wrong, it wasn't you that screwed up and lost the key, so, the correct statement is:

What are HIS options for making your vehicle right, back to the way it was when you handed it to him. (pre-existing defects and repairs aside)

Call me old fashioned, but I was raised that if you break someone elses property, you fix what you broke, period. If it's something that looks shaky or is about to break, don't touch, tell them first, let them make the call.

That said, this guy is just doing nothing but make it worse, I agree with babymog, get pictures and document dates and what happened, you WILL need that info, get the car out of there and to another mechanic, send him the bill, he will most likely fight you saying you didn't give him a chance to fix it as most of that type does, which is where those pics and documented damages with dates will prove him wrong, and that you were preventing further damages. Ultimately he is responsible to fix every bit of what he caused. Make sure you mention the shop on the forum in a warning thread for others to avoid.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:19 AM
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:22 AM
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There's a tool that allows a broken tumbler to be quickly and easily extracted.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5091439460813071530&hl=en

The video quality is horrible, but you get the idea.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:25 AM
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I'm still pissed the fact I had to watch my $802 ignition be grinded by some retired mb technician...


This is what he's gotten done so far...


ANY thoughts, help, or ideas are greatly appreciated! He said he needs a special Mercedes tool to continue, but is having trouble finding it. Can I buy one and normally how much? THANKS!
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:39 AM
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How do you remove the ignition from this point. I watched it on the video speedy300Dturbo posted. It shows the point where I am at, but I don't understand what he's doing with his hand. It looks like he took the metal ring off, but how?

He's going to finish as soon as he gets the MB ignition tool. Can you buy one anywhere local or just from MB? Thanks for replys, comments, or suggestions!
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:46 AM
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Wow....I'd have run the guy over with the car by now.

Now watch, when its all finally been fixed he'll find the keys in his work clothes or something.

This thread reminds me....we need to get a spare key for our 300D....we only have 1 key. Problem is, we're not sure if its the original tumbler/ignition etc...so the VIN match might not work....I suppose we could order one and find out...
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:56 AM
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I just replaced the tumbler and key (both for under $100 from the dealer) because it was starting to get glitchy. Does your "ignition" key also work in your doors?
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:57 AM
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matching key.....

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Wow....I'd have run the guy over with the car by now.

Now watch, when its all finally been fixed he'll find the keys in his work clothes or something.

This thread reminds me....we need to get a spare key for our 300D....we only have 1 key. Problem is, we're not sure if its the original tumbler/ignition etc...so the VIN match might not work....I suppose we could order one and find out...
Does the key work in the Driver Door, Passenger Door, and trunk? If so, then the odds of it being the ORIGNAL key are VERY high.

Right? Sounds reasonable to me.
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:35 AM
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Does the key work in the Driver Door, Passenger Door, and trunk? If so, then the odds of it being the ORIGNAL key are VERY high.

Right? Sounds reasonable to me.
Yup, OTOH, in our wagon, the key works in the driver door & ignition, but not the rear hatch, pssgr door, or glove box, so I think the Driver and ignition tumblers have been replaced aftermarket. One day we will get VIN matched tumbers......
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:48 AM
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There's a tool that allows a broken tumbler to be quickly and easily extracted.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5091439460813071530&hl=en

The video quality is horrible, but you get the idea.
Oh thats pretty cool!
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:26 PM
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Does the key work in the Driver Door, Passenger Door, and trunk? If so, then the odds of it being the ORIGNAL key are VERY high.

Right? Sounds reasonable to me.
Passenger lock is broken, trunk...haven't checked....it works in the drivers door and ignition though.....

I'll try the glovebox lock and trunk lock today....
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:32 PM
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I can't see anything helpful on the video(Martian Monkeys attack dash?)

But the tool maker is here:
http://www.athco-locks.co.nz/17102Osb1SouberCarTools.html

Again with price: (I have no reference for whether it's reasonable)
http://www.llssales.com/servlet/Detail?no=277
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:54 PM
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300+ seems a little high for a coded 126 tumbler- I've bought them in the past and granted at my emplyee discount but they were along the lines of $60-70 for me.


Yeah I pay sub $100 for CORRECT VIN coded tumblers are under $30 for keys.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:10 PM
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If you're looking for the tool to stick in the hole and retract the lock-pin, most of us have had good luck with inserting the largest allen-wrench that will fit the hole, rotate and push in when you hit the pin to get it to retract, then the collar will un-screw and come off.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:17 PM
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Driving the s*** out of his 88 420 SEL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxXv5tB84M


I'll get some footage of him doing some grinding tonight.

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