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Old 07-24-2002, 10:37 AM
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Unhappy broken key in lock, need desperate help

I have read the past messages and researched before writing. I have a 93 300E 2.8 with a part of a key stuck in the ignition. It broke in the 1 position while attempting to turn to the lock position and remove the key. It is one of the three layer security keys. Yesterday a locksmith spent four hours on the ignition and could not remove the key part. He attempted to drill out the lock and broke two bits on the faceplate. we resorted to drilling through the slot with smaller bits. We also tried different ways to remove the tumbler, with hanger parts, paper clips, etc. through the two small holes in the faceplate. The hanger parts fit but only go in about an inch. The same with a screwdriver we attempted to get into the keyslot and turn the igniton. It only goes in enough to turn the free spinning front part. We did get it to turn somewhat, as the steering wheel is now locked, even though it appears to be past the locked position because we can turn on the radio when we turn to the right, but not fire up the engine. So now I am stuck, no way to start the car, wheel locked, and unable to remove the tumbler. I have not taken apart the dash. I do have a second key but there is still too much key parts left in the ignition to fit. Any help would be greatly appreciated, especially any experience with this year/model.
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Old 07-24-2002, 10:41 AM
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but....... time for a wrecker and a saw.

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Old 07-24-2002, 12:23 PM
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do a search on ignition tumbler. you should come up with numerous posts regarding how to remove it, and what to do it you are unable to.

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Old 07-25-2002, 12:11 AM
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Wow, sounds grim. I have been drilling at it this evening and have taken the day off of work tomorrow. basically, it is in the position where the radio only works, but the steering wheel is locked, if I can only turn it to unlock the wheel and get to the 2 position, if I read right from the only close situation, a 94 e320 with the key working, I should be able to get the tool that I fasioned with a hanger, courtesy of another past string. Any Ideas to make that happen short of the aforementioned saw?
anything, anything, I am desperate....Anyone near central CA there is a c-note and a titanium driver in it for your to come out and get this tumbler off.
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Old 07-25-2002, 08:10 AM
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You are going to have to drill out the center of the lock cylinder. It will require a succession of carbide drills and a cooling spray. It is a messy job. If you are lucky, you will not destroy the switch housing itself. After drilling, it may come out by itself, or you may need the old slidehammer. This is an excerpt from a war story related to me by a friend who does locks/security. Also stated that MBZ are the toughest ones to destroy. I'm not sure that is of any comfort to you at this point.
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No matter what you fix, there will always be something else to fix..
"Warranty" is just another way of postponing the inevitable.
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