Question about 1999 Saab 9-5
Grinding noise right after starting when car is either in Park or in Neutral. much less noise while on Drive or reverse; car moves forward or backward ok. It just developed this grinding noise last night and has been stared the car only twice for 8-10 seconds each time. Car was towed to repair center where they mentioned probable trouble with ignition switch getting stucked, possible starter problem and potential trouble with flywheel (?).
That sounds correct what happens is the starter still tries to engage the flywheel and grinds the teeth off both. Replace switch then worry about starter flywheel if it starts fine don't worry about it you may have saved it if you didn't let it run that way long
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
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Since you must work under the vehicle to adjust most shift linkages make sure you properly raise and support the vehicle before working under it. Also, wear safety glasses or goggles while working under the vehicle.
A voltmeter can be used to check the switch for voltage when the ignition key is turned to the START position with the shift lever in PARK or NEUTRAL. If there is no voltage, the switch should be adjusted or replaced.
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