I got hung up trying to remove the steering column and had to grind the 
steering lock retaining pin. Normally this pin can be pushed in if the tumbler 
is in the run position. Since I couldn't turn the key from the off position, I 
had to grind the pin. This allowed me to then pull the steering lock assembly 
and try to get the key to work of the steering column, which it didn't and I 
then used an abrasive wheel to cut the steel protective ring. Then I had access 
to the release pin holes to remove the tumbler set.

I will add to this later as I am getting ready to travel to Seabrook, NH for 


Bob Massmann
1995 E300D 448,000 miles 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Meade Dillon via Mercedes" <>
To: "Mercedes Discussion List" <>
Cc: "Meade Dillon" <>
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 9:36:14 AM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] Fw: New Ignition Switch Issue 95 E300D

Bob, explain this again?  How did you get up to the point that you could
use the abrasive cut-off wheel?  I think you said that you removed the
entire steering column?

I'm going to have a similar fight with the "95 124 Cabriolet, keys are
missing and the ignition tumbler / lock assembly looks like it has been
broken free of the steering column in a failed attempt to steal the car.  I
have the steering column from Wilton's '87 300D, plan is to install that
with a new tumbler matched to the VIN so one key opens doors and trunk as
well as operates the ignition.


Charleston SC

On Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Robert Massmann via Mercedes <> wrote:

> Abrasive cutting wheel cut right through no problem. Was very careful with
> the depth and only have several small cuts into the steering lock housing
> that will be hidden under the new protector sleeve. Tomorrow I will be
> putting most everything back together, as I have order new sleeve and
> tumbler set and they mount from the front and slide in place. I tried to
> use the tumbler from my 190 until the new ones come in, but after install,
> it would not turn to the off position to release the key.
> Regards,
> Bob Massmann
> 1995 E300D 448,000 miles

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