High Usage Vehicles May Experience Ignition Lock and Tumbler Failures on Mercedes-Benz E320

Due to wear, high usage vehicles can experience ignition lock and tumbler failures. The ignition lock cylinder will generally require replacement to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 147,460 (18,000–232,335)
10 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
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Tumbler -lock failure Very important: The first time you have a problem teying to turn the key get it repair ASAP. The ignignition key has to be 'on'position in order to remove the tumbler which is a 15 mintute job. IF you leave it to the point as to where you can not turn- BIG JOB- They them habe to drill the thing out and it is not an easy process due to the bullet prove material Benz uses to differ theft. The most in expensive way to do it is to purchase an after market tumbler which comes comple with 2 keys. I paid $35.00 for mine online. Again ..Ve!ry iimportant that you repair at the first sign change it
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