Question about 1990 Saab 900 Hatchback

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Ing. key switch

Switch wont turn at all sometimes Ihad it apart a few times to lube but still not working wright.

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Because the switch is in the console on the floor, between the seats, it is vulnerable to spills, moisture etc and can easily get gummed up.

The first step is to clean the outside thoroughly, the second is to give a good spray of WD40 into the key slot, and onto the area around the key cylinder. Let it soak in for a while to loosen everything up.

If the key is still stiff, take the boot cover off the console (it might be a tight fit as it is stretched onto it's retaining grip) and spray WD40 into a small hole in the gear shift seat that you will find ahead of the gear shifter, using the WD40 straw. Don't be too heavy here, and spray both forward and back toward the key.

This frees up most cases.


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