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Old 10-12-2002, 06:19 PM
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gnition removal

have 82 380 sl with broken ignition gasket and benzl.
have received both parts but not sure how to remove ignition
have cd repair manual but can't find it on cd
any help would be appreciated or knowledge of location on cd would hbe of great help.
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Old 10-12-2002, 09:09 PM
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Ignition switch adventure -

I have never removed the switch myself, but have instructions as follows - It would seem that one must first remove the instrument cluster (dials), so the switch might be accessible from within that par of the dash. Disconnect the negative battery terminal , Remove the steering wheel (after the horn) and pry away the instrument cluster. You might need to disconnect the speedo cable and other connections to get proper access to the ignition switch, but I can't be certain.
Take big breath.
The ignition switch is located furthest from the driver in an assembly which incorporates the steering lock. The switch will have an electrical plug connected to it. Remove this plug, keeping in mind its orientation for reattachment.
There are some small screws that attach the switch to the assembly (?not sure how many?) Use a small screwdriver to remove these, and the switch should come out.
Install new switch. Reassemble other stuff. Use money saved to buy bottle of champagne and toast to the health of your car (+/- partner).
Hope this helps. These instructions should cover all 107 chassis models, but I can't be certain, as they were given to me for my car specifically (1980 450sl). All the best in your endeavor. Daniel.
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Old 06-09-2005, 10:29 PM
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How do you remove the steering wheel to get access to the starter switch?
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:36 PM
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ignition removal

Removal of steering wheel.
1. Use a small flat bladed screw driver and gently lift out centre MB plastic emblem. Be gentle and avoid slips and scratches of emblem and butchering of rubber around emblem, it will pop out!
2. Wheel should be mounted with a 10mm recessed nut. Insert 10mm Allen key (one with a T Handle makes it easier). Give it a couple of sharp taps with a small hammer to free the hex bolt. You will need a helper to hold the steering wheel to stop it turning. ENSURE THE STEERING LOCK IS OFF BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO UNDO NUT. Do not use the steering lock to hold the steering wheel in place. If you don't you will probably destroy the steering lock!
Using a long ring spanner over the end of the T handle or normal allen key/ring spanner, it decreases effort to crack the allen bolt (they tend to freeze and make a snap sound when they release). Turn anti-clockwise, loosen, the wheel should then be noticeably loose on the column. If not, loosen,, but do not remove the hex nut and jiggle and pull the wheel by hand, that will free it from the splines. (The nut stops the top of the wheel breaking your nose when it suddendly pops off!. Easy removal, reverse to replace, ensure it's tight on replacement and you have your wheels pointing straight ahead, small amount of locktire on the hex nut's not bad insurance. My two cents.
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