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Can someone give me a quick how-to on replacing the ignition switch in my NG900?

Haynes says I have to pull a seat out to get the shifter laid down to do it... are there alternatives?

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I had read that somewhere while searching for instructions to remove the switch. I don't think it was in reference to the '00 9-3 we have but I can't remember. Anyway, I said I'm not taking the seat out unless I have to and set out to taking the center console apart piece by piece, back to front, until I got to the shifter and the switch below. I didn't have to lay the shifter down though I'll admit it would have been easier to get the switch out and in.
Just thought I'd let you know my expereince.
Good luck.
 

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i didn't have to take a seat out, no, but it does make it a whole hell of a lot easier if you do.

http://i.imgur.com/caYGY.jpg

get it to where it's gonna stay until you're done. lock the transmission+linkage in gear before disconnecting the gear rod. bonus points for using 4th gear and still being able to disassemble the fascia while the whole system is locked in place.

i recommend doing something about the gap between the carpet and the floorpan before you remove any of the shifter housing bolts. i dropped one down there and it's just gone. maybe duct tape would have worked, maybe a nearby magnet.

the fascia comes off, you reach in there to unplug some stuff during that process, then disconnect the gear rod, then the housing is accessible. the ignition wires will be the last thing holding the housing+rod+shifter+cylinder assembly to the rest of the car, and it's just one of those pinch-and-pull connectors if i remember correctly.

http://photo.platonoff.com/Auto/20050325.Saab_NG900_Shifter_Alignment/
 
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