Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 13:39:27 -0500
From: "Trollhattan Auto Parts, Inc." <>
Subject: Re: Can't turn ignition switch - 1989 Saab 900S

David; David Waskevich wrote: > I have a 1989 Saab 900S that's still in good condition but last night I > couldn't start it because I couldn't turn the ignition switch (either way). > Something else odd - I can only get the transmission (manual) into (and out > of) reverse. It won't go into any other gear (maybe that's part of the > problem or maybe it's just part of the anti-theft mechanism). I don't want > to force the ignition switch because I'm afraid I will break the key off or > bend it. > > Any ideas? Is this something I can fix myself (i.e. new ignition switch > assembly, etc.)? This is a fairly common failure. Sometimes the gear mechanism witch operates between the ignition lock cylinder, and the ignition switch fails, or becomes miss aligned. This gear mechanism also functions as the anti theft or locked reverse function of the shifter assembly. Depending on how severe your gear assembly is damaged would determine if you will be able to start her up and engage her into gear, without disassembling the shifter assembly. Try this first: 1. Have someone wiggle the shifter assembly while you are turning the key If this doesn't work try: 1. Release the emergency brake 2. Have someone wiggle the shifter assembly while you are turning the key. 3. Rock her back and forth while performing # 2. Unfortunately if this does not work you will have to take apart the shifter assembly. A service manual would be a good idea for this one... We can supply instructions along with the replacement parts. One thing you should do is mark the shifter assembly where it mounts to the body of the car, before you unloosen the shifter assembly. This is your shifter adjustment and is very important... Even if you get her to start and engage in gear it is a good idea to replace the gear assembly, so this does not happen again when you least expect it... Recommend parts: Gear mechanism kit Lock cylinder assembly with 2 new keys You should also inspect all nylon shift bushings for wear, and lubricate if all is ok... If you need -any- parts pricing, please do not hesitate to call on us either, or visit us on the web ONLINE ORDER FORM: ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ > > > Thanks for the help. > > ....... David

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