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Ignition Switch & Lockout Replacement Instructions

[Saab 900 16V-NT, 900 16V-T, 900 2.1-NT, 900 8V-NT, 900 8V-T, 99]

Quick Tip

I personally have done many of these and I have found that removal of the seats, carpets and vent under the front carpet makes the job move faster. You can have the seats and front carpet out in about 20 minutes or you can fight trying to access everything by leaving them in. Having said this first..... Here is the instructions:

STEP 1 Remove the center console
STEP 2 Remove the 3 eared shaped nuts that hold the shifter housing. You can actually make a tool to do this with if you take a long 10mm craftsman socket and place it over the top of the nuts and mark the socket & cut it out where the socket will fit down over the odd shaped nuts. You remove them by turning them counter clockwise.
STEP 3 You will also have to remove the two Philips head screws that the white nylon piece are held with under the shifter housing. This housing must be removed in-order to get the aluminum shifter housing out.
STEP 4 Remove the shifter housing that contains the key cylinder, lockset and electrical portion of the ignition and remove the cylinder first.
Warning!In-order to Remove or Install the ignition lock cylinder you must turn the ignition key to position number one (the first rotation of the key to the right) to get the lock cylinder out of the housing. It will not come out until you do this first.
STEP 5 In-order to remove the cylinder you must pry out the small dowel plug on the left of the cylinder. You can remove it by drilling a tiny hold under it and prying it out. Once you get this removed you must turn the key to the first position and push the pin in that is on the cylinder itself. This allows you to remove the cylinder by pulling on the key. Look at the new cylinder you have and you will see the pin you must push in. You can also use the new cylinder to learn what position the key must be in to be able to remove the key from the aluminum housing. Many times you will see a broken set of ears on the gear below the lock cylinder. This is very common and usually occurs because the reverse lockout fails and someone continues trying to turn the key and the ears get broken.
STEP 6 The next thing to remove the is electrical portion of the ignition switch. Simply remove the two Phillips screws and the electrical portion can be removed to gain access to the gear set.
STEP 7 The next thing to remove is the gear set pieces. As seen in the photo below you MUST position the gear set back into the shifter housing correctly or the key will not function correctly. The best thing to do is to TAKE PICTURES BEFORE you tear it apart so you will know how to put it back together. Note that the gear set can be pulled apart by removing the small circular clips on the bottom of each gear set piece which holds the pieces in.
STEP 8 Re-install in the reverse order.

Lock Assembly and Gearset Breakdown

Lock Assembly and Gearset Breakdown

This is the breakdown of the shift rod and end of shifter assembly under the center console

This is the breakdown of the shift rod and end of shifter assembly under the center console

Pricing for 900 79-94 IGNITION SWITCH & RELATED (ignition & related)
Pricing for 900 79-94 IGNITION SWITCH & RELATED (switches)
Pricing for 99 IGNITION SWITCH & RELATED (ignition & related)
Pricing for 99 IGNITION SWITCH & RELATED (switches)

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