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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:38 am 
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So, I'm having a problem I cant figure out. My reverse gear lock is not working. It's an '83 900Gls.

When I stop, turn the key off, I can just pull it straight out, like a "normal' car. Its starting fine, the only other symptom is that the battery light and fasten seatbelt light are staying on even without a key in the ignition. The battery is new.

Could it be the ignition lock relay? When I remove this, the battery light and seatbelt light turn off.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:39 pm 
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It sounds like your ignition switch isn't isolating correctly. If the ignition lock relay is remaining energised, it will be powered by the ignition switch. It may be worth taking out the centre console to get in with a multimeter and have a look at the ignition switch contacts.

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Sounds like you are not turning it all the way anticlockwise, yet can remove the key anyway due to a worn key and/or barrel.
If I use the original key for my 90 then I can remove the key without locking the car in reverse but in that case I don't think anything is left powered on, although I might be mistaken. If I use a newly-cut key (factory-cut from the VIN rather than by copying the worn key) then the key cannot be removed without locking the car in reverse first.
Perhaps the lock barrel will not go the last bit anticlockwise for some reason.

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