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Old 03-02-2009, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by rcounts View Post
Interesting. What are those out of, a W126? Mine doesn't have the interior-cut keys like those. Mine have regular cut keys. I'm not even sure that this setup would fit mey car.
Yes, this if from a w126 (gasser?) as I recall. You would need to add the little vacuum thingy from your old diesel switch. If you look carefully, you will see I cut the wires off of the wiring harness --- I did this because if folks need a whole switch assembly, they are probably going to tear apart the connector on the back of their old switch assembly.

If the key won't turn (on the w126s), then you can't get the connector off the back nor the pin out of the lock on steering column. Since I found both keys and all the locks were available, I just grabbed them all. Someone would be able to re-key their entire car and have the same keys all the way around. The valet key would be a bonus as would the VIN of the donor car.

I could make some a really good deal on the whole set.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:57 PM
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Rcounts, yours sounds a lot like what happened to my 240D, except I was able to finally get the key to turn after an hour trying, then got the tumbler out and cleaned it like 10 times. There was a lot of black oily sticky gunk (graphite lube?) and shiny metal shavings. It is still working fine to this day. I believe the gunk is jamming the wafers and mechanism. After multiple cleaning, the action became nice and smooth.

Do you (or anyone else) still have a bad tumbler? I am still in need of one to see if I can figure a way to take it apart without destroying it so I can make a key that fits better. I don't want to do it to mine since it's the only tumbler I've got and it is working nicely. I actually payed a forum member (paypal) for a tumbler and key but have not heard from him afterwards- he wouldn't return my pm's and email's. Kinda suck to run into people like that.
Originally Posted by rcounts View Post
That's just the thing, NONE. No indication of pending failure at all. It has always worked with out a hitch and even worked fine on my way to work last Monday. Then when I came out of work it absolutely would NOT unlock. Nothing I did made any difference. It was locked and staying locked. Wiggling, jiggling, working the steering wheel, blasts of air, flooding it with lube, vibration, nothing worked.

I had to take it out, hold it with the column lock pin pointed towards the floor, apply vibration, and wiggle the key in the lock - all at the same time - before it would finally unlock...
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