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Trans in Park , key won't turn, steer lock engaged, car immobile

E230 1996. 170,000klm No previous experience this prob. in otherwise beautifully behaved vehicle Serious result of over engineered anti theft system with interdependent gear shift lever position-electronic ignition key/lock - and steering lock. Car seriously immobile requiring tilt tray truck to move to a locksmith. Only solution appears to be destruction of the ign lock and replacement of five components ,OK but when is it going to happen again? Can anyone offer advice please?

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  • peterl0031 Feb 14, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion Mannydomingo.

  • peterl0031 Feb 14, 2009

    Thanks for your suggestion Mannydomingo.



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Be sure the cable from shifting mechanism to ignition swicth are properly install.

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