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w123 non-unlocking boot

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by TotallyImpractical, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. TotallyImpractical

    TotallyImpractical Active Member

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    I have a boot issue, as in, I need to get into the boot!

    I've got a 1985 w123 230E with original key. For a few weeks, I have found that I need to jiggle the key in the boot lock to get it to unlock. Tonight, I went to unlock it and they key will not turn at all. I've given it the WD40 and entirely too much time on my knees jiggling, wiggling, turning over the key &c but it just won't rotate in the lock at all.

    The key is also a bit stiff in the driver's door lock but is working in the ignition without issue.

    Vacuum system is working perfectly.


    Is it just a case of the key being worn and a replacement will work just fine?

    Many thanks in advance,

    MA
     
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    WG M-B Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Barrel seizing up?
     
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    TotallyImpractical

    TotallyImpractical Active Member

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    That's why I am asking....the key is worn and the boot has been needed a bit of wiggling to get it to turn.

    If it is a seized tumbler...how is it corrected?
     
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    WG M-B Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Spray some lube into it??????????????
    If not go to mb and get a new barrel
     
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    TotallyImpractical

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    Lube has been sprayed into it already before I posted.

    My only solution is to order a new barrel? I'll try my local independent.
     
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    WG M-B Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Good idea. Your Indy will advise you accordingly :D
     
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    Sue new MB owner!! Senior Member

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    Iced up?? maybe??

    My SLK had been doing some odd things in this cold weather!! :confused:

    Hope you get sorted soon :)
     
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    paul hayward Senior Member

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    hit it wiv a hammer?:Oops::lol:
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    To try and open hold something that vibrates on the key, this can jiggle the levers so that they can drop down to the key profile
     
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    No, you can dismantle the barrel, sand, clean and lubricate it, if the fault with the lock is wear or dirt or corrosion then the lock can be brought back to working order again.

    The door lock can benefit from the same treatment.

    Example of a worn ignition lock that was sticking… http://forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/showthread.php?t=87179

    W123 boot lock… http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tech-help/214650-w123-trunk-lock-question.html

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  11. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

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    Looks to be a good guide.
    New tumblers can be obtained from here http://www.nwkeys.co.uk/Portal.aspx?page=3 ;)
     
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    Yes but more fun taking it to bits and DIY’ing it.

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    I meant if your locks tumblers were too worn. I've bought replacement tumblers for my other car's ignition lock - yet to fit them :Oops: - because I had problems actually turning the key. I've since remove the tumblers & filed them, but as the new tumblers were just a few quid delivered, I thought I'd treat it. ;)
     

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