R107 ignition barrel

Discussion in 'Parts, Maintenance & Servicing' started by takeaflight, May 30, 2017.

  1. takeaflight

    takeaflight New Member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Vito traveliner, ml, 107 sl
    I have a 280sl 1983, Sunday neither of the two keys would turn in the barrel, apparently a common problem, however unless you can turn the key to the A position you can't remove the barrel, leaving you no alternative but to take off the complete steering lock. After an hour or so I did get a key to turn, releaved, with a pin I removed the barrel, only to discover that there are no barrels aftermarket or other wise available pre 1985.
    However on taking the barrel and keys to a locksmith (proper one, not a high street keying cutting service) he informed me, that unless visicul damage as been done, then its unlikely to be the barrel but the keys, had two new keys cut and good as new.

    Panic over, what through me was both keys not working, so according to the man always start with the keys.

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