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Date registered: Jan 2009
Vehicle: 1996 E230 Classic, Australian Compliance issued 1996
Location: Albany Western Australia
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Expensive Mistake when the key would not turn W210
The Scenario:- Gear shift in PARK, Steering locked ,Key would not turn so the vehicle is seriously immobile. I stupidly overstressed the wheel by forcibly turning it trying to get the key to turn . This action caused the fail safe steering lock , an about inch by inch high tensille steel mortise lock, to engage in a slot in the column. Permanent lock up now! Do not ever do that!
What I should have done was try several methods, gently wriggling the wheel, a vibrator on the ign barrel, lightly tap the barrel with a scew driver while repeating a little more than normal force on the key to get it to turn to the ACCESSORIES position(Position 1). ( Then if you succeed whatever you do leave it there at all costs!) Then , although the manual does not tell you, the shift will come out of PARK while your foot depresses the brake.
Before that what I should have done is repeatedly and conciously check the lock as I used it to start the car for any sign of change, of sticking or difficulty of any kind. Have the barrel replaced by a professional locksmith at the first sign or suspicion of even a minor malfunction . The locksmith can adjust the new barrel to use your old keys and you can look forward to the car starting on order for many more years.
Some say a tiny squirt of graphite powder may be once a year might also help prevent deterioration in the barrell , but, do not lubricate it with anything which might attract dust.
I was lucky in rural Australia to find someone prepared to sort out my car's problem, but it took over two weeks and cost in excess of AUD$2000!
There is a lesson(s) in there somewhere if you are interested.
Last edited by peterl0031; 02-02-2009 at 09:41 PM.