Recently purchased a 1999 230 slk all's pretty okay but keys will not fully go into any of the locks! remote works & key

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Customer: Hi recently purchased a 1999 230 slk all's pretty okay but keys will not fully go into any of the locks! remote works & key goes into ignition okay, what wrong? Paul
JA: Have you checked all the fuses? Do you have a wiring diagram?
Customer: which fuses do you think & no wiring GA
JA: What is the model/year of your Mercedes?
Customer: 1999 230slk
JA: What year is your Mercedes?
Customer: t reg i.e 1999
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes basic stuff like WD into locks
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Answered by Lou Palomino in 2 hours 6 years ago
Lou Palomino
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Hello, its quite possible the ignition was changed and the key is not the original key for the car. the best bet is to buy a valet key at the dealer per the vin and that should match the doors and trunk. does the key go into the glove box?

if not then that is a great indication as well that the ignition is not original. hope this helps. Lou P.Please take a second and click the stars at the top of the screen to rate me so i may receive my credit , 5 stars is ideal , please request me in the future.
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No the key will only go half way into the lock barrel!

ok so then that tells me the ignition was changed at one point, you will need to order another key from the dealer to unlock the doors, if you give me your vin i can get you the part number.

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