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Old 02-24-2000, 03:51 PM
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Boy, has it ever been raining out here on the coast of Northern California. Really really coming down. The other day, I ran out between the raindrops and jumped in my trusty 1986 300E. Well, after I shook my head like a wet dog, I tried to put my key in the ignition to start my car. It wouldn't go in. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was another key broken off in there. Well, I just kept trying at different slight angles until it went in (it took about 1 to 2 minutes) Then it didn't want to turn. Persistance pays off and it finally started no problem. I talked to a friend who told me to put some silicon in there to lubricate everything. In my old Chevy pickup, yeah sure. In my Benz, I need to consult the group...
Have any of you who choose to live in wet and cold areas ever had this problem? Is it just the lubrication that it needs? It makes sense to me... I mean I've done it to old master locks to make them work better. If so, what type of lubrication is best for this? WD40?

Kyle De Priest
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1972 BMW R75/5 (Best there is)
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Old 02-24-2000, 09:09 PM
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Do not lube this. Take to your dealer soon and have the tumbler and key replaced. If it locks up for good, you are looking at 6 hours labor to cut it out. I have done many. OH yeah, and a tow bill.

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Old 02-24-2000, 09:18 PM
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Listen to Benzmac on this one. If the key still turns it is a simple job. I Just replaced it in my 300e. I spent about half an hour.

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Old 02-25-2000, 09:31 PM
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Thanks Benzmac!
Today I wiggled the key in the ignition, started the car and drove it straight to the dealer. They removed the ignition switch and it came out in 3 or 4 pieces. The guys at the dealership told me I was VERY lucky and smart to come in when I did. They said if they had to drill out this lock, I'd be taking out a second on my house!
If it weren't for you guys, I'd have put it off and then I'd be out major bucks.
I can't thank you enough

Kyle De Priest
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1972 BMW R75/5 (Best there is)
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