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1984 280 SL Ignition Lock Cylinder Problem

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I know this is the dreaded lock cylinder problem as the wife called and said she could not turn the key in the ignition today.
After a quick forum check I managed to go and rescue her and the car by getting some lube into the cylinder and getting the key to turn and had her not turn the key completely off when she got home or I would be grinding the cylinder out of the car.
I have removed the lock cylinder from the car and have cleaned it out but it still sticks from 0-1 position.
1. How do I disassemble the tumblers so any key works
2. Where can I get another cylinder. I do see some listed on ebay with different key configurations but will they work? They seem similar.
My key is long with cuts on either side of the flat metal shaft.
I don't mind a different key for door and ignition.
Thanks in advance
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2. Where can I get another cylinder.
Thanks in advance
Been There Done That...

You can get everything from the MB Classic Center in Irvine. You have two choices:
  1. Get a new key and tumbler
  2. Get a new key and have a local locksmith repair the tumbler.

Either way, get a new key from the MBCC.
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