Re: Replacing ignition switch on Saab 1996 900s 2.3 I 5...
You take all the center console and plastic ducts from between the seats. There are 4 10mm bolts holding the shifter mechanism to the floor. Take these off and do your best to flip the whole housing to where you can access the bottom side. The ignition switch is attached under there. As I recall there are 2 T20 screws holding it on.
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Is the car a convertible? If so the window controls operate through the convertible top computer. By ignition switch module are you talking about the part under the lock cylinder? They do fail a lot. What do you mean by the relays are intact? Have you checked for power at each fuse with the key on?
Used ignition switches are just as likely to be junk as the one you are replacing. Check for power at both sides of the each fuse for each affected circuit. IF the car has an ignition lock relay swap it, and make sure the it has power, ground, and is being turned on by the key. I can't remember if it is under the dash or hood, or if it even has one.
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replace it. there is a connection or a short in the sensor that's throwing the code. Get your Saab parts at Carquest Auto Parts, They have a WORLDPAC division for all hard to find(and easy) parts. trust me, you will save a fortune on Saab, Mercedes, Volvo and other high end parts.
Is it just a "physical" fit problem? Because if it is merely this and not your electronics you could always buy another key on ebay like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310130782609
.......then all you would have to do is pop open the casing like you were going to remove the battery, instead pulling the little circuit board also and replacing it with your own one in your damaged fob!!
You may need to remove the ignition housing assembly to find out whats wrong inside. There are a series of small gears which connect the ignition barrel to the ignition switch & also operate the reverse gear lock mechanism. You'll need a special 3 pronged tool to remove the assembly - available from SAAB dealers.