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I personally found removal of the lock very difficult!
I too found lining the pin line up very difficult. I finally used some stainless steel aircraft lock-wire and made certain the tumbler was in the perfectly prescribed position. A paper clip will not make the nut.
 

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Hello hello! Newbie here :)

My Merc is a 1995 S320 W140 LWB. My glove compartment won't open. I know this is a common in Mercedes in general but the issue is that I can't even take apart the lock. You're supposed to put the tool into the little hole with the key in it an at angle (I tried every which way) and I seem to be able to sort of feel with my wire the spot where it's supposed to go in but there is resistance. Is there any other way to get in the compartment without destroying the car? The guy who had it before me had it for about 3 months and said that he couldn't get into it either, so who knows what's in there. The people before seemed to do some modifications to it (as well as sell off all the parts they could with it still running) and we have fixed most of the stuff but this damn compartment will not open for us!

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I use a drill bit... the none cutting edge... takes some time... Make sure that you don't remove the key from the tumbler...
 

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I too found lining the pin line up very difficult. I finally used some stainless steel aircraft lock-wire and made certain the tumbler was in the perfectly prescribed position. A paper clip will not make the nut.
Where would I get one of these lock wire badboys? Not even sure what they are to be honest.
 

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Where would I get one of these lock wire badboys? Not even sure what they are to be honest.
Go to the nearest airport and find a hangar with working mechanics (they are called AME techs). Ask politely and someone will give you a length of the suitable gage. By brother is an AME, so I just liberated some from his tool box. :wink

I am sure you can find some stiff wire easier than this though.
 

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A similar wire used in boating is "Stainless Steel Seizing Wire" that is .041 in dia. It can be found at marine/boating stores like West Marine or others.
 

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Organise a hard hat and a fluro vest if needed, then go snooping around construction sides where they are pouring concrete , if you look on the edges , you will see rolls & rolls of wire , put in your pocket and go .
I always pick up rolls of wire timbers etc since I use that a fair few times , after all they just throw it away .
Last construction side I was on (last week ) , there must have been 20/30 rolls dumped all over the place but it was a huge construction side , I picked up 5 rolls . :thumbsup:
 
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