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Ok, here you go! 2009 CDI220- great car. Put the key in

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Ok, here you go!
2009 CDI220- great car. Put the key in ignition and turn it- nothing happens- no pre-ignition lights, no starter crank- nada. Key operates locks and alarm fine. Interior courtesy lights work, radio, rear hatch- everything not via ignition.
Steering is locked so can not tow.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Australia Car
Expert:  Hipo64 replied 1 year ago.

Hi and Welcome to Just Answer! Every time you insert key into electronic ignition switch you should hear ESL (Electronic Steering Lock) motor operate. If you do not hear that and steering is locked, then ESL has failed and vehicle Start is not allowed. It is unfortunate but it is quite a common issue for Mercedes.

Expert:  Hipo64 replied 1 year ago.

electric motor is the one that fails not electronic board or software 90% of the times. Mercedes will not sell that part as it is brink of security and they are the only one to install, in witch case you have to row the car to MB dealer. But if you are willing to do it yourself you can purchase a motor from internet and replace it. motor cost is around $30 plus shipping charges, but labor can be challenging. You will need to remove steering column from vehicle and do some drilling in order to remove it from column and get access to replace motor.

Expert:  Hipo64 replied 1 year ago.

Expert:  Hipo64 replied 1 year ago.

Here is one of the videos you can find on youtube for motor replacement,

Expert:  Hipo64 replied 1 year ago.

please reply if you have any questions,

regards Pavlin!

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