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Old 09-11-2005, 12:23 PM
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The Key Won't Budge in the Ignition of my 96 C220

So I go to start my car and the key won't move out of the position I put it in. I was there for an hour moving the steering wheel, which is locked, and trying to get the key to move to start the car. I left and came back and tried again, but nothing. The problem started around wednesday, but I managed to move the streering wheel back and fourth and it let the key start the engine.

So I called mercedes roadside assistance and they say that there's nothing they can do, but call a tow truck driver. I am assuming that the key reader or whatever you call it has worn out, which I have never even heard of happening to a car. The mercedes tech said maybe one of the keys in the ignition lock wore down or something to that nature. I know it's not the key, because it works in the door and I even tried the master key.

Does anyone know any thing about this problem, what I can do about it, and what might it cost. The car is a 96 c220 with almost 140000 miles. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-11-2005, 12:34 PM
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It sounds like you need a new lock cylinder. Any MB dealer can order a new one for you if you show the owner's registration. The new lock cylinder will be keyed to match the door locks and come with a new key.
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Old 09-11-2005, 12:38 PM
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How much will it cost to buy and how much is labor for installation?
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by loudandheard View Post
How much will it cost to buy and how much is labor for installation?
This just happened to my 96 C220. It was hanging up a bit this week and all of sudden the key would not turn. Steering wheel is laso in the lock position. I also ended up chatting with the MB technician who called me after I called roadside assistance.

He suggested spraying it with graphite and/or lubricant - which I did. I wiggled the steering wheel and tried turning but no dice.

How did yours work out (back in 05)

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