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Old 10-31-2001, 12:41 PM
PeterM
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W124 tumbler...Can't get it off

Hello All,

I know this topic has been covered in depth but I seem to have a problem. My tumbler is sticking when turned so I would like to replace it. After doing research it seems like I it is recommended to remove the instrument cluster. I pulled out the bottom panels and managed to disconnect the wiring harness on the far left side of the I.C. but it still w/n pull forward so I can remove it. I have a good view of the tumbler and other parts , so is it necessary to remove the I.C. If not how do I release the tumbler after moving the key to position 1. I see 2 little notches in the cover plate for the key. When the key is lined up w/ the poss 1 markings on the tumbler, the notch(hole) is open. Is this where I would insert the wire/large paper clip?. What should I be feeling for? Do I unscrew the tumbler housing or does it pull right out? Sorry for all the questions but I am kind of at a standstill. New coded tumbler is on order so I would like to have it torn down before the new one arrives.

BTW.. Great site you guys have here. Thanks again for the all the info and help you guys have been providing.
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Old 10-31-2001, 03:36 PM
MIKE FREEMAN
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GENTLY REMOVE THE PLASTIC TRIM AROUND THE LOCK CYL.(PULL AND ROCK)WITH THE KEY IN THE RUN POSITION SLIDE PAPER CLIPS (ABOUT .060 IN. DIAM.)INTO UPPER AND LOWER HOLES.
IT HELPS TO FILE AN ANGLE ON THE END OF WIRE.
THE WIRES HAVE TO PUSH IN FAR ENOUGH TO RELEASE THE CLIPS THAT HOLD ON THE HARDENED STEEL COVER AND IT SELDOM HAPPENS ON THE FIRST TRY.JUST KEEP AT IT AND ONCE IN A WHILE GENTLY PULL ON THE KEY,WHEN YOUR READY TO GIVE UP IT WILL FALL OUT!
MF
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