230TE Door Locks

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  1. puffernutter

    puffernutter New Member

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    Hello,
    I have just become the owner of a 1985 230TE. I have a key to the ignition and one to the tailgate, but nothing for the passenger and drivers door! :crazy:

    Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced source?

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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    carat 3.6 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    How do I tell? (Sorry if it is a silly question, but this is my first MB!)

    Cheers

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    The vin (chassis) number will start with WDB123.... or WDB124....There's no such thing as a silly question. everyone starts somewhere.:)





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    Surely '85 has to be a 123, never seen/heard of a 124 estate that old!
     
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    The keys should all be the same. Some if not all the locks have been replaced at some stage. Main dealer keys are cheap unless it has a remote but they will only supply keys for the original locks. Its going to be difficult if the door locks are not the originals. Might be easier to get secondhand locks with keys from a breaker
     
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    Thanks. I'll look at the VIN in the morning.

    Are any breakers recommended? I tried ebay, but no luck (unless I was looking in the wrong place!)

    Cheers

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    There are a few C-reg W124s about but I don't think I've seen an estate earlier than D or E

    But you never know with 124s!

    If the car is a W124, don't assume the doors have different locks. Non-turning locks are a W124 speciality. Remove the door lock barrel & trim and try cleaning it with solvent then oil then solvent, etc. This may bring it back to life

    The barrel can be removed - at least on later cars - by removing the bung in the door jamb, loosening the hex bolt and sliding the barrel & trim out of the door

    If the ignition barrel uses a different key to the rest of the car then the ignition barrel has been changed. Also common

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    As an interim "solvent" I squirted some WD40 in the drivers and passenger locks. Very pleasantly, the passenger lock now works, although the drivers lock remains stubborn! :bannana:

    A removal and proper degrease coming up, but it looks like I do have the right set of keys as they both work the ignition.

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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    I can also confirm that it is a W123.

    Cheers

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    Another update - I noticed that the drivers tumbler was not moving at all in the barrel, so I put a good supply of WD40 in and tried it again. No joy. For fear of breaking the key, I used a large flat bladed screwdriver (gently!) and it moved! I then put the key in and it moved all the way!

    Success was short lived as the lock can now be opened by any object that sits in the slot! :dk:

    So, I still need to remove it to sort out an opposite problem!!

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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