Dash Lights May Stay on Due to Malfunction in Ignition Switch on Volvo 850

The electronic portion of the ignition switch may malfunction, causing some dash lights to stay on. When this happens, a wiggle of the ignition key should temporarily return everything to normal.

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Average mileage: 140,000 (53,000–187,000)
5 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997
10 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
Dash lights come on during the initial startup but goes out and stays out.
Contacts to ignition key switch erratic; if push up on key usually restores. Symptom obvious when shift lock fails to release from Park. Not repaired, just wiggling as needed.
1997 Volvo 850140,000
My dash lights come on then cut out completely while driving and will not come back on.
Intrument cluster light intermittently come on when starting the car with the headlight switch off. Self correcting after a short time.
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