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99 ml430 ignition key won't turn!!!! need phone number too!!!

went to start the car and the darn key won't trun. yes the battery is working, key opens door, remote opens door, yes turned stering wheel, sprayed wd40 and still nothing. called mercedes to find out how much it will cost for replacement - $170 : not even sure if that will do the trick. afraid it might be the cylindar because the key didn't want to come out nicely. does any1 have have any ideas? Also does anyone have the number to call directly to mercedes to find out how much it really cost for a replacement and to see how many keys were made????????????

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You might be the first one that is having the problem on ML, but I had that unpleasant experience on older E class that still had blade key.
Spray lot of WD40 inside the tumbler and keep inserting and removing the key several times wiping it off between. It helped me for almost a year.
Replacing the ignition tumbler might be an easy part, but you will have different key blade for the doors.
$170 sound really cheap even if the tumbler cost less than $100.
MB has very tricky steering wheel blockade and any tampering ends in permanent lock, that require cutting and getting new blockade mechanism. You can read more about mine and other experience in W210 section.
Good luck.
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just got off the phone w/dealer in Sacramento Ca. i'm in ga right now and all the dealers are closed on this side of the coast. The writer said it should cost about $250 for a new cylindar, which isn't all that bad. he also said the door cyls., and the key don't need to be changed. said ignition cyl. should be able to stay the same as the old (not sure how true that is). hoping that is all true. Right now waiting on road side to show up to see if he can get it started. in the mean time i will continue to keep trying the wd40. thanks for your response....


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Good news? So i finally got the key to turn but now the car won't. no crank no nothing except lights on the dash. So maybe it is the battery? Still waiting on roadside only now i'm afraid to shut it/accessories off. wish me luck, roadside should be here any min.

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ok, of course roadside gets here and it starts right up for him.... he says for me to have the tumbler and the blade key changed out. so i guess i'll be going to the shop in the morning and seeing if they can change it out.

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How did it end up ?
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Doesn't that model have an electronic key? If so it is probably the battery inside it.
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