Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SE & 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230
Location: US Territory of Guam
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No, position 1 is actually a partial turn, then position 2 is where all the cluster lights up & the next turn is to turn the starter on on my W140. There is a procedure to remove the ignition assembly - must be VERY careful to keep the key in the ignition and turned into position 1 or 2 in order to remove the ignition bolt that goes through the die cast housing steering lock assembly (at end of ignition assembly), otherwise the bolt will be locked in place.
Once you get that assembly out, you will need to remove the lock cylinder in order to change it with another cylinder. That's the problem - if you cannot put the lock cylinder into position 1 then you won't be able to remove the cylinder.
Might be wise to check out a locksmith to see if he can get the cylinder to turn to position 1. The cylinder will not drop out of place unless you can access the spring lock that keeps the cylinder fastened in place - and it can't be accessed unless you put in position 1.
Tyler O'Brien at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati is a great parts guy & can set you up w/ a new lock cylinder to fit your VIN w/out having to have another (used) cylinder re-keyed (tumblers changed) & pay that additional fee.
Last edited by dbmoylan; 04-22-2009 at 10:05 PM.