97 SAAB 2.0 SE convertible, manual box.
Found this old thread https://www.saabscene.com/forum/threa...uck-in-reverse, never seemed to get any answer.... Plus the links in there are dead.
Anyway, the ignition key barrel was a bit sticky, sometimes taking a few seconds to pop-up. So i tried a few drops of very thin oil (releasing oil style) and it then popped up just fine when moved to "lock" and the key removed. Except now the key won't turn at all when inserted; it's like the internal release is jammed. Tried all sorts to free it up, no joy.
So I have stripped down the central console (instructions per Haynes etc. say to remove the seats, but this was totally not needed) and unbolted the gear change housing. Trouble is that you need to get under the housing to loosen/fix anything, and it's not possible to turn it over without disengaging the gear change rod. But to do this, all the instructions tell you to put the car in 4th and lock it in place. If I could do that, I wouldn't need to do all this anyway!
So I am in same situation as those stupid mobile operators that send you an SMS to help you when your phone is out of action
Anyone ever come across the procedure to follow in this case, i.e. how to disconnect (and reconnect) the gear linkage if you can't get it in 4th before you start?
I'm left with trying to push/pull the entire housing and rod and hope to find 4th, but perhaps there is a more methodical way to go about this.