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1998 S70 GLT Ignition Tumbler Free Fix


MVS Volvo Forums contributor cn90 shows us how to fix P80 ignitions when the steering lock pin breaks, and how to save $270 on a new tumbler:

Those of you familiar with the infamous Ignition Tumbler issue (key does not go past position I, car stuck in parking lot etc.), rejoice, there is a FREE Fix!

I wrote a DIY: 1998 Volvo V70 Ignition Switch & Cylinder Lock below at 90K. It happens again at 165K and I am not going to shell out another $270 for the ignition tumbler… Related thread: DIY: 1998 Volvo V70 Ignition Switch & Cylinder Lock

I confirmed that the SW Lock no longer functions: with key out of ignition, the SW is free to move R and L. This confirms that the small little piece (the Steering Lock pin) broke off and jammed the ignition tumbler.

Post by erikv11 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:05 pm
This is great info, this has happened to a lot of people. Thanks for the post.

EDIT: I just saw the other post from today with all of the background information and great images of where to make the cuts, didn’t realize this great tip is already documented in other places, I will link the thread here: … =1&t=67376

’95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
’96 855 NA, 145k
’98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
’98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 286k
’06 S60 R, 167k
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Post by dosbricks » Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:54 pm
Very nice DIY–nothing like success after physical hardship! Have a hot toddy and enjoy the fireplace.

This brings to mind a question. Is this a failure issue only on the S/V70s, or are the 850s subject to it also?

I asked because we had a mechanical failure of the S70 ignition switch in 2002–key would stick in the ignition and sometimes rotate 360 degrees. I had a friend in the parts department by then, and the charge was $70.05 for the special-ordered-to-match-the-existing-key-locks switch plus $63 to install it–so got off lightly for a change.

But the new switch has always required an unusual amount of force to insert the key and it is stiff to turn in comparison to the first switch. Also compared to the one in my wagon. At first I thought it would loosen up, but it never has, so it’s still a mild nuisance to me when I drive the wife’s car.

I’m just wondering if Volvo changed suppliers, and if any of you have had a similar experience with a replacement switch? Hope this is not too far off topic. 

DIY: 1998 S70 GLT Ignition Tumbler FREE Fix!