Volvo Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement

Volvo Ignition Lock Cylinder

how to replace your Volvo Ignition Lock Cylinder.

Thanks to “mom” for this one!
Upon investigation of his no-start condition on his 2000 S70, “mom” found that it was his ignition switch/ lock cylinder. In this thread you will find his pictures and a link to a good write-up on how to do the replacement. Glad you got your car running again, mom!

Lock Cylinder


Today I decided to find what was the problem with my cylinder lock. I thought maybe I could repair it, but it is impossible. The broken part is made of cast aluminum and is very small. This part is a kind of “guillotine” that slides up and down inside the mechanism. Mine was missing a guide pin, preventing it to move freely.

The cause is definitely the steering wheel being turned to the left, forcing the steering lock from the right, and also the guillotine on its most vulnerable position. I’m sure it could happen on a brand new lock. Look at those pictures and you’ll understand.

MVS Forum Member cn90 replied:

Thank you “mom” for the wonderful Ignition Lock Cylinder DIY!
I already changed the Ignition Switch (the electrical portion on the Left side of the Steering Column).
In 5-10% of the time, I cannot go from “Position II” to “Position III (to crank)”.
Talked to local Volvo tech with 30 years of experience, he says the Tumbler Unit needs to be replaced.

So here are my questions for the pro (or anyone):
1. My year is 1998 V70, this DIY is for 2000 model. Is it the same procedure for 1998?
2. Does the steering wheel needs to come out or not?
3. Volvo PN is 8626325 and local dealer wants US $300!
Anyone knows of a cheaper source?

Thanks in advance!

PS: Since “mom” is from Montreal, I used to live in Montreal in the 1990s….

MVS Forum Member VolvoTurbo850 added:

Great write up and thanks!

What I did was find another salvage car and used the ignition lock from there with matching keys.

I also replaced the door handle key slot with the part from the same donour so it would match the new key.

Hopefully the V70 will not fail again for a few years. :mrgreen:

Ignition/Lock Cylinder Replacement

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Date January 12, 2008

8 responses to “Volvo Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement”

  1. Kevin McCrory says:

    I have an 86 Volvo 240. I am trying to remove the passenger door lock cylinder. It was hit by a truck in the handle and I’ve purchased another door and would like to use the lock cylinder from the old door so I don’t have to carry 2 keys. Any help would be appreciated.


  2. john says:

    1999s70 fix 1 thing 3 more break.running out of patients&$

  3. Ricardo says:

    How do I replace ignition lock cylinder on a 93 Volvo
    960? Is there anywhere here that i can find that info?

  4. Eduardo Torres says:

    I need to replace the ignition lock cylinder. How? With pictures please. I own a 1998 S70 T5.

  5. William Easterling says:

    Has there been “any” recalls for this problem?

  6. what’s the procedure to remove the ignition lock cylinder on a 1996 850s 2.5L wagon.
    thanks graham

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