can anybody tell me the mechanisms inplace that would cause the barrel to lock? is it just a case of a goosed barrel or is there some sort of electronic locking mechanism im unaware of?
also, where is the shift lock override button located? or can i use the cable thats attached top the bottom of the barrel to disengage the lock? car is currently blocking access to a disabled mans property, i need to get it shifted fast.
Last edited by CarloSainZ; 01-20-2013 at 12:48 AM.
iv no idea mate, single big button on remote. iv managed to get it into neutral by unclipping the gbox lock cable from the barrel. i think its off to the big scrap yard in the sky tomoz, shame, scrapping a good car for the sake of an ignition barrel but hay ho
If it REALLY IS JUST THE STEERING LOCK, then you have to press the brake and REALLY put a lot of effort into turning the wheel back and forth while you try to turn the key.
If your ignition tumbler has failed (and this is common on older ones) you are, without a doubt, screwed.
have to get it drilled out. it's a tough, messy job for DIY that requires very specific drill and drill bits. or, you can have the car towed to a professional lock shop that can drill it out for you. quote I got was $500.
I elected to instead just swap out the entire steering column with ignition tumbler still attached. after that, I had to know the VIN number of the donor car to get a new ignition key for my car.
1994 C280, green on tan, 240k mi. <--old faithful
1980 240D, white on blue, 140k mi.<--project (on hold until state allows me to drive it)
1994 E320, black on black, 130k mi.<--wife's
1999 C43 AMG, silver on black, 248k mi. <--daily
Have you tried just getting the key replaced? I had this same thing happen to my 98 c230 and I just got a pre programmed key from houston. The MB stealership wont tell you that they key will come preprogrammed and you dont need the car there. You just need the vin and Proof of ID
well, i went to fix the car on saturday, after about an hour of messing about with no luck, i turnd to her n said, 'thats it, im guna have to scrap you' and would u beleive it, the feckin key turned!!!!!!!!!!! iv just finished repairing the barrel now, jobs a good en, good for 250000miles now hahahahaa
couple of side note, good thing to try if the key wont turn atall is to heat the barrel up with what ever you got(hair drier/heatgun), anybody that does have this problem on an auto, and needs to get the car into neutral, dont mess the gear selector up as i did looking for the selector lock release, just unplug the cable from the bottom of the ignition barrel, and dont forget to put your foot on the brake when trying to shift to N.
Something similar happened to me as well. Key would not turn at all. Locksmith came out, removed the tumbler, took those little brass pins out with a needle nose pliers, lightly filed them ( removed one totally) cleaned everything and reassembled it. Works so well I can now start the car and still remove the key and leave the car running :-)
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