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Replace ignition switch on mercedes 300E 2.6 - 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class

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Hi,
Just wondering if you have solved your problem yet without having to spend more than the vehicle is worth.LOL
I may have a solution.

  1. If you can get the whole ignition assembly out (remembering that when you take off the rear -with wires connected to housing- make note of what goes where as best you can unless you have wiring schematics), place key into ignition and clamp vise grips to key.
  2. Place assembly into a bench vise so that the barrel is facing up and the vise grips clamped on key.
  3. With a ball-pen hammer (preferably heavy head) tap continously around the black casing, but not with too much force, but enough to send vibrations into the barrell. Good thing to do is to spray a lubricating solution down the barrel. Dont worry about the casing as it is a very hard metal.
  4. As you are tapping, hold the vise grips and put pressure on the vise grips as if you are turning the key to ON position, not too much pressure though. You might want to wriggle it. Do this holding the head of the vise grips and not the handle as you might twist the key and snap it in the barrel.
  5. This might take a bit of time so be paitient.
It took me about 15-20mins and all for free, well untill I get me a NEW barrel.
If you need further assistance I could try and send some pics of the step by step process.
TOMercedes Bloke.
tomsha3@gmail.com

Posted on Nov 30, 2010

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