All makes and models of Mercedes are fun, easy, and exhilarating to drive. They will provide you with a smooth, clean, and safe ride every time you step in. However, you’re not going to be driving anywhere if you don’t have functioning a ignition. As your Mercedes ages, there are issues that can arise with your ignition or keys even when you are keeping up with regular scheduled maintenance. Below you will find out more about what ignition key issues to look for and how to fix them.
Locked Steering Wheel
The most common issue you will come across in regards to your Mercedes ignition is a locked steering wheel. If you go to turn your key while it is in the ignition and find that nothing happens, the first thing you should try is unlocking the steering wheel. The steering wheel can sometimes lock if you turn it once the key has been removed from the ignition. There are multiple ways that you can attempt to unlock the steering wheel. The first way involves turning the steering wheel left and right. When you do this, make sure you pay attention to which side gives and which side remains pretty stiff. Then you will hold the steering wheel to the side that has the most give and attempt to turn the ignition key. If nothing happens when you do this, you can try rocking the steering wheel back and forth while turning the ignition key.
Jammed Ignition Cylinder
Another common issue that you can run into when it comes to the ignition of your Mercedes is a jammed ignition cylinder. You will know there is a jam if the ignition key will not turn once you insert it. There is always the possibility that very small pieces of debris got into the ignition cylinder. These pieces of debris will prevent the ignition key from turning, so you will want to use a lubricant to dispel that debris. Some mechanics suggest that it is best to use a lubricant that is either silicon or graphite-based. These types of lubricants will not leave particles in the ignition cylinder that more debris could potentially cling on to.
To fix the jammed ignition cylinder, you will spray the lubricant into the key slot, making sure to wipe away any excess lubricant. Once the debris is clear, you should be able to turn your key in the ignition.
Ignition Key Function Inconsistency
One last issue that you should be aware of when it comes to your Mercedes ignition is overall inconsistency when functioning. One day you may find that after years of working properly, your ignition key is no longer as consistent as it once was. You may have to try multiple times for the car door to unlock or you may find that the key is no longer smoothly lining up in the ignition cylinder. These signs point to the ignition key fob running out of battery life, or the potential that the key has been used so much that the shape itself is worn down and not matching up. Either way, these inconsistencies can be a pain and should be dealt with in order to continue having an enjoyable experience with your Mercedes.
Addressing the Issues with the Ignition Keys
To keep your driving experience at the level you are used to and in order to not start your ride frustrated by ignition key issues, you should be aware of the above-mentioned issues and how to address them. Sometimes the fix can be as easy as following the steps included, but many times a professional is required.
When you have reached the stage of needing a professional, it is time to turn to us at Import Motorworx. We are accessible from the areas of Lawndale, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and South Bay, CA and strive to give you dealership-quality service without the dealership prices. We want our customers to know that we have their best interests in mind, which is why all of our standards are comparable to those of dealerships. All of our technicians are trained and certified in all types of European vehicles, including Mercedes. When you make the decision to bring your Mercedes in to have the ignition and the ignition keys inspected, we will be using the latest diagnostic tools and equipment to do so. Once the issue has been correctly diagnosed, we will work with you in making the best repair decision for you and your Mercedes.