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Old 10-30-2009, 03:20 PM
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SOLVED: Door handle/cylinder removal w126

Hey folks, I bought this car with only a set of ignition keys. I found a spare ignition cylinder in the car and had keys made from that thinking it was the original. The new keys didn't work in the door. So, I'm trying to get my passenger's side door handle and/or cylinder out to have keys made before Winter. I'm using the ole passenger-side-window-doesn't-stay-up-keyless-entry system, but that won't cut it once things get icy.

I removed the covered bolt that's supposed to release at least the cylinder, and I understand the whole handle, but no luck. I must be missing something. Anyone know what it is? Thanks.

~Brian

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Old 10-30-2009, 03:44 PM
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Ok, found the phillips head bolt holding the handle on. Now it's loose but not free. Any advice?

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Old 10-30-2009, 03:56 PM
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Removed the 4 screws for the door catch, turned handle ~90 degrees and it's free. Thanks me! I'm gonna go buy me a beer.

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Old 10-30-2009, 04:01 PM
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Unfortunately, usually you need a key to turn the lock in order to seperate the lock stem from the door latch mechanism.

The alternatives are not pretty or easy, you might be able to unbolt the door latch mechanism enough to manipulate it enough to line up the lock stem so as to allow it to be removed. An alternative would be to cut the lock stem allowing the existing door handle/lock to be removed, then you could install a new stem on the existing door lock handle. If you're swapping the existing door handle/locks for newer ones with keys then once you get the old ones out just put the new replacements into their place.
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:05 PM
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I've got a set of w126 door handles with at least ONE good key if you need them. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:06 PM
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Any tips on removing the cylinder, or is this the non-servicable type? Thanks.

~Brian
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:16 PM
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Got the cylinder free... maybe I should keep from posting until I get really stuck. But still wondering if this is servicable or not and any direction towards some instructions would be awesome. I haven't ruled out the locksmith or some replacement parts yet, so I'll keep you in mind daw_two. Thanks.

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Maybe I'm not understanding correctly but wouldn't it be whole lot easier to order the correct ignition tumbler (which matches the door handles) from a dealer for about $30? The only information they need is VIN and a title for proof of ownership.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:36 PM
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If you're sure the locks are original why not have MB make you a new key from the VIN. Probably less $ than having a locksmith make one. Using the door lock cyl to make your key, will you wind up with a master or a valet key?
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:12 AM
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Yes, this would be a whole lot easier if I knew the locks were original, but the fact that my current ignition key doesn't work on my doors, and the keys I had made from the ignition tumbler found on the floor in the back seat didn't work, makes me wonder why, if they went through the trouble of removing the previous ignition cylinder didn't they just take it to a locksmith and have a copy made for like $27 in <20 minutes like I did.... probably because it wouldn't match the door, and maybe they knew that. Ok, so they replace the ignition cylinder. Why didn't the P.O. just do what I'm going to have to do and replace the ignition tumbler with the VIN matched cylinder from the dealer? No idea... but *I'm* going to try that. So, neither may have been the original ignition cylinder, which is fine. Door locks are probably all original. BUT, if the current ignition tumbler IS the dealer replacement, then this means the door locks where changed at some point (or they rekeyed the ignition cylinder?... even more baffling), which would explain my situation of having 2 ignition tumblers with keys but no key for the door lock.

But, if I could rekey the door lock tumbler to match the key and pay nothing and have it working today, well, why wouldn't I at least try that? Well, I tried that, and am finding out that these cylinders aren't the ones you can tinker with, so I'm either getting a replacement key from the dealer and hopefully that works, or I'm replacing the lockset for the entire car.

Btw, if anyone wants an ignition cylinder with key, I've got one or two for sale. Make an offer. Will trade for music gear.

~Brian
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