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At least on the later models like my 1997 CSE the instructions I found for this a while back do require the key to rotate the lock into position for removal. I was down to one key and the lock was getting sticky. A new key ordered from a Saab service center using the VIN did not work due to wear in the lock cylinder. However, a local locksmith was able to make me a spare key that worked and lubricating the lock cylinder has it working smoothly, so I have not swapped out the old lock yet.
You could try ordering a key using the VIN, you might get lucky with that if your lock cylinder is not too worn. Or possibly a locksmith can do something for you. (In my case however there was a working key available to use as as reference point.)
In any event, for reference the instructions I found to remove the lock cylinder are as follows:
1. Pop off the lower plastic shroud on the steering column.
2. Put the key into the barrel and turn to the right once, locking the key in place.
3. On the bottom of the barrel is a very small hole (approx 2mm), use a small hex key (or screwdriver etc) to push into the hole and withdraw the barrel assembly.
->Posting last edited on Wed, 13 May 2020 19:36:22.
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