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1985 saab wont start the key will not even turn

I worked fine my son moved it to mow and we dove it to town. the clutch was starting to slip in rev but other than that it worked. now you cant even get the key to turn. I have power in the car. Could it be the clutch or the ignation?

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If the key won't turn it sounds like a problem with the reverse gear locking device. You'll need to remove the gearlever/ignition housing and replace or reset the 3 gears inside. If the ignition barrel is faulty you'll still need to remove the assembly to get it out.

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