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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.

Many Cheers


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Hi, Pete, welcome to the forum.

That is a sad tale, hopefully that will help someone else. What year is your 210? It sounds like you are talking about the metal blade key, not the electronic smart key. We have a very good 210 forum, please come visit us. And please take a minute to click the user cp link and complete your BW profile re: vehicle and location as that is often useful information.

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Tks for reply! My 210 is an E230 Classic but spec'ed up incorporating most Elegance features, Australian Compliance Plate issued in 1996, so these names may be for our market only. The key holder incorporates the infra red locking and engine immobiliser system but I think the key itself is just a bit of steel. Certainly the emergency key in a card-like holder is a only blade . The vehicle has been in my care for over 2 years now, registering now a little over 170,000klm up from 120k when I bought it , located Near Albany , Western Australia.

Sorry, but I have no knowledge of a BW profile nor have I seen a user cp link, but but I'll keep looking for them!


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