2003 C320--recently started, I have a banging in the ignition/steering wheel area on the dashboard everytime I start the car, it bangs about 8 times and stops. The car drives and steers fine. Any ideas what is going on??
Most likely an ac system stepper motor armature is broken allowing it to turn round and round as it performs its self checks. This is a pretty involved repair (the dashboard and center console will be removed along with the support brace underneath) and is not recommended for anyone not trained. The good news is, it is not detrimental to the vehicle. Assuming of course, that this is indeed the problem.
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Sounds as if the ignition cylinder has an internal problem. You may have a sticky wafer inside the cylinder. You can try using some WD 40 and inserting the straw inside the cylinder and giving it a good spray. You can also try gently rocking the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key. With out the ignition cylinder turning, the gearshift will not come out of park nor will the steering wheel come unlocked. Hop this helps
First, ensure the card key in the car space (or in the car, or in the car'soccupants body); second, may the owners in the previous parking flameout, away from the door when the steering wheel started locking function. Side with the left hand first anticlockwise hit the steering wheel,while attempting to toggle the ignition switch, it can make the steering wheellock to start the engine. Use obd2 for automotive diagnostics , you can improve vehicle safety performance and driving more safer.
This is a very simple and inexpensive fix. If you look at your steering wheel on the underneath right side of your ignition you will see a small hole small enough for the tip of a pen to fit in. Place a harder object into that hole and push up. This will release the whole ignition from the console. Go to an auto body parts store ( i.e. Auto zone, Napa) and get a new one. This new one will come with a new key also and your old key will not work. Replace the ignition switch into the same whole and make sure you hear it click into place. Then turn your ignition with your new key and your car should start.