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Old 02-09-2007, 09:49 PM
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Exclamation W210/ 1996 Ignition Cylinder Lock Replacement HELP!!!!!!!!!

I got into my car this afternoon, put my key in, and couldn't turn it! I thought the steering wheel was locked, so i jiggled it... DID NOTHING. I kept lightly jiggling the key and finally it started. Then it happened again, when I went into the car this evening. It is getting difficult to turn the ignition...

So here goes- Does anyone know, or reccomend a way to replace the ignition cylinder lock? Will i need to replace the dashboard? Do i need any special tools? Any advise is greatly appreciated! I see that the part is not all that expensive... I hope it is something i can tackle in an hour or two!

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Old 02-12-2007, 09:01 AM
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There is a "special tool" to remove the black ring around the tumbler.

When the key is at position 1 you push-in on the black ring & turn 1/4 turn counter clock-wise. Then you pull the key, tumbler, & the black ring off.

Takes less than 10 minutes with the correct tool.

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