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    Salvage a spare ignition tumbler assembly with no key?

    Hi all,


    Yesterday I was at a parts yard and one c124 had a good ignition tumbler + the key worked in one door lock. So I went ahead and removed the ignition tumbler assembly from it. Then when trying to remove the door lock there wasn’t enough room to get at the grub screw since it was close to another car.


    So I asked the guys in the yard to move the car out a little with a forklift. To my utter disbelief in seconds they somehow managed to snap the key clean off the door lock in the process So I have a lovely genuine MB working tumbler assembly dated 2000 with no key


    What are the chances I could sacrifice the ignition tumbler and drill it out etc? Put it in a vice and hammer a screwdriver in to get it turning for removal?
    Any tips are appreciated - I’d sure love to salvage it and install a generic tumbler key just for a spare.

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    1987 w124 200 - 3.6 AMG build | 1990 w124 300E-24 | 1992 w124 500E

    1994 320CE Sportline | 1997 w140 S280 | 2007 w211 E220CDI | 1994 220CE | 1996 w140 S320

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