2005 SLK200K 'Little Growler'
Check out " sticky key" on Crossfireforum.org
/\ /\ /\ That was gonna be my next suggestion, but I see you seem to have managed to find a decent independent who will have your Car sorted in short order
Same problem on the CrossfiresIt looks like a common issue with the cylinder locks on R170 models. I had that too. At first it started 'sticking' occasionally but with a little wiggling I could get my key to turn eventually. The thing is that the problem will only get worse. I think it's just a bad design by MB. It got so bad for me that every time I would get into my car I had to wiggle it to get my car started. So before finding myself in the same situation like you did I took my car to the shop and I had the cylinder lock replaced for around like $300 or $350 can't remember. They ordered a new one from MB, installed it and it was smooth as butter after that. There are videos where folks replaced just the cylinder themselves but I didn't venture. The whole part was $250 at that time from MB and the guy only charged me $100 to get it swapped so it sounded like a deal. So sorry that you got yourself in that situation but I suggest you replace that to avoid any further headaches.
TumblersWhat I call leaves are properly called wafers!
What was your outcome?I can’t get my key to turn anymore and I just want to make it to my storage to get my spare key in hopes that it will make a difference because it is less used.
Is it possible to start with a screwdriver until I figure out the most cost effective way of getting this issue resolved.