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Old 08-09-2020, 11:40 PM
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steering lock/ heater core

Got into the dreaded heater core replacement, I am definitely getting too old for this. I was putting the HVAC unit back in and apparently leaned on the ignition switch without realizing it and broke the plastic mount. I am not concerned about the switch as I have owned this thing for 20 years and have gotten pretty good at repairing plastic parts with JB weld. The problem is that when the switch dropped off the steering lock set and I can not get it to release. I tried taking off the part that the switch mounts to and the bolt won't come out. If I can get this thing apart I have no qualms about chucking the steering lock stuff in the trash if it somehow can not be reset I just need to get this thing driveable again as I made the big mistake of giving the car to my granddaughter for a throw away first car and now I am stuck with it.

If anyone knows how this damn thing comes apart I would appreciate any help possible.

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Old 08-13-2020, 09:13 PM
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On what?
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Old 08-14-2020, 01:08 PM
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When you broke the plastic switch housing you triggered the anti-theft feature.

If it were my car I'd find a used steering column with the lock intact and swap out the whole thing....
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Old 08-18-2020, 12:31 AM
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I got brutal and drilled an access hole in the lock housing. By fishing around in there with a small screwdriver I unlocked the thing. Once unlocked the bolt came out and I just gutted the steering lock. After 20 years with this thing I have become very inventive gluing the broken plastic back together with JB weld. If they ever quit making JB Weld it will be impossible to drive a Mercedes of this vintage.

The more I work on this thing the more I appreciate my '63 Pontiac convertible. It is made of a marvelous invention called metal
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Old 08-18-2020, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by old guy 44 View Post
... It is made of a marvelous invention called metal

The early version housing was aluminum. It was changed to plastic to purposely make it easier to break if anyone tried to mess with it (steal the car). Unfortunately you learned this the hard way. Glad you got it fixed though
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:27 PM
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steven king

you must have a sl600. they are junk i have one also

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