200 Ignition Switch Replacement

Henry A Harper III hah at alumni.rice.edu
Tue Mar 29 14:07:03 EST 2005

> Patient is a 91 200tq20v
> I was experiencing the classic "key not returning from start to run
> position" symptom, so I purchased "PN 4A0 905 849 ignition starter
> switch" from stealer and set to work last night.
> Removed top of steering column cover, removed trim strip, removed
> cluster.  Still can't get to switch due to large metal dash frame bar
> obscuring it, although I can see it with a mirror (or in my case, a cd
> I had in the car).  I then attempted to remove the knee bar for access
> from below, but it seems to be hung up on the left side by the door.
> I saw the two philips head screws on the bottom of the knee bar (after
> contorting my body due to tiny door opening from parking in a tight
> garage space, way to think ahead on that one, DOH!@%$).  I have it
> partially off, but I don't want to crack the wood strip by forcing it.
>  Any ideas?

I am still on my original ignition switch, but I tried to help Larry here:

The knee bar is held by 4mm hex screws: two at the bottom by the pedals, one
under the column, and two on the end behind the tricky sliding side panel
(which is less brittle at warmer temperatures). I don't think any knee-bar
fasteners were philips-head on my car, but it's been a while since I was in


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