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Old 08-14-2003, 09:50 PM
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Question Ignition Key

I have a 450 SL Convertible that I just bought and the alternator failed. It was shorted internally causing the battery to go dead.
After I replaced the alt and went to start the engine, the ignition
ket will not turn in the ign. I tried turning the strg wheel back and forth, (it's locked). The trans selector is in park. foot on brake but
the key will not turn. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-14-2003, 10:23 PM
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You can try another key if you have one. More than likely the tumbler or steering lock is worn out. It's a big job to replace this stuff when the key doesn't turn. You can try a shot of WD40 or LPS in the tumbler to see if it frees it up, but I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.

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Old 08-15-2003, 07:26 AM
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I had that trouble with my '71 350SL on one occasion, and it turned out that I didn't push the key right in - it was about 2-3mm out.

It was impossible to start until I accidentally gave it a good shove in.

Worked just fine after that once I remembered to insert it fully.

Hope you get it solved soon!

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