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Re: Removal of the key switch
disconnect the battery, set the parking brake, put the key in run, pry
the horn button off, unplug the horn. Remove the snap ring from the
shaft, remove the nut off the shaft. I think it's an 18mm. Get your
steering wheel puller or harmonic balance puller out and pull the wheel
off. Pull the black plastic cover off, use the lock plate removal tool
to depress the plate, pull the ring off the shaft that hold it on and
remove. Unscrew the turn signal lever from the switch, unscrew the
switch and remove ( you don't have to unplug it, just give it a tug and
pull it over the shaft. Unscrew the screw holding the tumbler in and
slide it out. The switch must be in RUN. Installing it is the reverse.
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You need to remove the steering wheel , turn signal control and in the steering column you will find a pin that holds the tumblers in place for the key switch. You can remove the pin and then remove the key tumbler and replace it. Go to You Tube and they have videos on just what you need to do to remove the steering wheel and etc. Hope this helps.
The ignition key must be in the key cylinder for cylinder removal. The key cylinder must be removed first before removing ignition switch.REMOVAL 1. Disconnect negative battery cable at battery. 2. If equipped with an automatic transmission, place shifter in PARK position. 3. Rotate key to ON position.4. A release tang is located on bottom of key cylinder.5. Position a small screwdriver or pin punch into tang access hole on bottom of steering column lower cover.INSTALLATION 1. If equipped with an automatic transmission, place shifter in PARK position. 2. Position key cylinder into steering column as it would normally be in the ON position. 3. Press key cylinder into column until it snaps into position. 4. Check mechanical operation of switch. Automatic Transmission: Be sure transmission lever is locked in PARK position after key removal. If key is difficult to rotate or is difficult to remove, the shift lever-to-steering column cable may be out of adjustment or defective. If key can be removed, release lever mechanism may be defective. Release lever mechanism is not serviced separately. If repair is necessary, the steering column must be replaced. 5. Connect negative cable to battery. 6. Check electrical operation of switch.
Though not reccommended for a novice as major steering column damage may occur. I will give you basic (very basic!) instructions.
You will need the proper key. I'm not allowed to advise you how without the key. Buy the new key and switch from your local auto parts store. Remove the plastic moldings around the key via the various screws and clips remembering where they go. Once you've accessed the switch there is a black plastic clip around the switch I see in pictures that tells you the switch position, this should pop off as well. The switch will now be open. Locate the gold pin on either the bottom or rear of the switch. Insert the proper key and turn the key to run. Depress the gold pin. If the pin can not be pressed, turn to accessory and try again. While holding down the gold pin, pull outward on the key and the switch will come out of the column with the key. Notice the orientation that it comes out!! Hold your new switch in the same orientation and place it's key in and turn to the same position you pulled out the old one (run or accessory). Begin to insert the switch, press the gold pin to click the switch completely back in and notice when it locks in place. Test that the new switch turns back and fourth and starts the car. Replace your plastic moldings. Congrats, you've just replaced your switch.
Keep your old key. It works your doors and trunk. Those will have to be rekey'd by a locksmith who has special tools and parts.
Best of luck. DO NOT attempt unless 100% comfortable and at your own risk!!
you have to take the steering column cover off and then find the little hole near the ignition tumblers. you put the key in and turn it forward one or two clicks, find a small screw driver and push the little pin in the hole. that is what holds the tumblers in place. the ignition should slide out .
you'll need to remove the console, as the key switch is between the seats. remove the shift boot cover and undo two console hold down screws (Torx 25) in front of the shift lever; there are two more in the aperture remaining when you take out the rear ashtray. Turn on the ignition key so you can put the shifter into neutral, and slide the console up and out between the seats (squeeze fit between the seat belt connectors) It's much easier if you get a sacrificial key cut, then cut the lobes off it!
with the console out, you'll need to remove the gear shift housing, for which there's a special Saab tool - they are 3 point heads. A six point socket with 3 points filed out might work. rotate the gear shift housing 90 deg to one side, to get at it's bottom, where there are two screws holding its cover in place.
With the cover off, you'll find two screws (T25) one on either side of the switch, holding the switch in place. Remove these and you have the switch. Note connections and alignments for re-assembly.
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You have to use a pin or paper lip to insert in hole in igmition switch to release the lock cylinder. The key has to be in "on" position I think.
Disconnect battery ground cable (14301) .
Turn lock cylinder key to RUN position.
Place a 3.17mm (1/8-inch) diameter wire pin or small drift punch in hole in upper steering column shroud (3530) under ignition switch . Press retaining pin while pulling out on ignition switch to remove it from lock cylinder housing (22074) .
Install ignition switch by turning it to RUN position and pressing retaining pin. Insert ignition switch into lock cylinder housing . Ensure ignition switch is fully seated and aligned in interlocking washer before turning key to OFF position. This will permit cylinder retaining pin to extend into lock cylinder housing hole.
Rotate ignition switch, using lock cylinder key, to ensure correct mechanical operation in all positions.