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Old 01-21-2006, 12:02 AM
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Help Ignition Swich Remowal!!!

I have 1988 560 SEL, today when I put my key in to ignition, I couldn’t turn it a bit. The filling was like I put wrong key. I tray spare one, the same story. I called Mercedes Service, they quote me 5 hours labor.
Is there anybody around to help me out and give me instruction how to drill existing lock and what to take care? Steering wheel is locked!!

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Old 01-21-2006, 12:06 AM
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This is not the best help, but....

Once on a chevy truck, I had the same problem. If you can't turn the key, you can't use the little pin feature. I drilled the lock out, starting with an eighth inch bit and working my way up in size to 1/2 inch. Eventually, I got enough out so that I could manually push the little pin in and the rest of the lock came out. If you can get the dealer to show you a replacement lock, or just buy one ahead of time, you'll know how deep the thing is, so that you don't drill too deep. What I do in carpentry, when I don't want the bit to go in past a certain point, is get a small piece of wood, about 1/2 x 1/2 by whatever length will leave the proper amount of bit exposed, and drill into the middle of that. If I want to be cute or need it to be smaller, I spin the bit w/ wooden piece while touching my angle grinder with a sanding disc to the wooden part, and lathe it down to the right size.

Oh hell, this is likely as not, not real helpful. Benzes are possibly way different. But, maybe not.
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Old 01-21-2006, 12:54 AM
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Lightbulb Answer:

ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Do It Yourself Resources

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