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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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I bought my '84 500SL from the Classic Center. Paid a little more than but I was ordering a VIN matched one for my '86 560SL also. They could no longer obtain one VIN matched for the '84 500SL. Don't know about US mid 380SL models.
Just be an educated buyer. MSRP is just that. Manufactures "Suggested" Retail Price. Members here have posted that local dealers often try to sell for more than that. If you will be DIYing it may be a good idea to get cozy with the local parts counter guy (ala Nobby). The pimple faced kid with the glazed look in his eye at my "local" parts counter soured me from ever going there again.
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