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I'm down to one working key on my '97 CSE. It sometimes hangs a bit when turning, but it does turn and start the car. This key is a duplicate, a spare I had made at a locksmith shortly after purchasing the car in 2011. The two factory keys that came with the car recently stopped working with the ignition (doors still work), presumably due to wear. (The car has in excess of 340K miles so those keys have seen a lot of use.)
So I ordered a new key cut to the VIN at one of the local Saab service centers. Unfortunately that key has the same symptom as the original factory keys, it will work the doors but will not budge the ignition lock. I've tried all the various tricks; lubing the cylinder with Tri-Flow, jiggling the key, making sure there's no pressure from the steering lock, but it will not budge with anything but the older spare key.
I see that Eeuroparts can provide a new lock cylinder keyed to the car's VIN. So far though I have not found any instructions on how to R&R this part. (Though it may well be buried somewhere here on Saabnet that I have not found yet.) If anyone here has gone through this exercise and can provide some tips on the job it would be greatly appreciated!
->Posting last edited on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:04:10.
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