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Old 09-05-2013, 09:57 PM
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ignition tumbler removeal

I'm having problems removing the ignition lock. I've followed the instructions on the net,
1.turn key to position 1, 2. Insert paperclip into hole in cylinder, 3. Cylinder should pop out a bit then unscrew collar, 4. Pull tumbler out with key. I can't tell that the cylinder ever pops out and sure can't unscrew the collar. Oh yeah car is an 82 240D. Been to our local locksmiths and a couple of shops, no one will touch it because it's a Mercedes. Closest shop I know of is about 100miles from home. Any ideas what I could be doing wrong?

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:02 PM
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Paperclip is not stiff enough to depress the dog. Use a jeweler's screwdriver.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:11 PM
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If I have one small enough will try tomorrow. If not will go buy one. Once the tumbler is removed can the car be started? I ask because some other cars I've owned could be started with a screw driver after
the cylinder was removed. Might need to move it or drive it before a new one arrives.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:17 PM
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Yes, it can be started with a screwdriver. I found that I needed to grip the collar with a pliers to get it to turn. I have no recollection of the tumbler doing anything once the dog is depressed so don't expect it to. The dog simply stops the outer ring from turning.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:24 PM
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Thanks for the info. See what happens tomorrow.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:14 PM
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Got it thanks Kerry
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:59 PM
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When I did mine I did it with a piece of wire that is not as sturdy as a Paper Clip. In My case I had one of those needle Nose Pliers that is bent about 45 or 90 Degrees; I gripped the wire about 1/4 inch away from the hole and fed that 1/4 in and than got a hold of the other 1/4 Inch and shoved that in.
Grabbing short bits of the Wire it was stiff enough to go in.

Also when I first looked at the Tumbler and turned it I found a spot I thought was the Hole but it tuned out to be a Roll Pin. I had to rotate the Tumbler a little more to find the Hole.

It would be best if you had one of those Paper Clips that is about 3 inches long when it is intact. They have thicker Wire.

If the above Fails you will need to go to the DIY Links and remove the Steering Colum Lock by grind or drilling out the Locking Pin.
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