Question about 2001 Saab 9-3
My car broke down suddenly, firstly electrics went and minute later the engine cut out. I was told it was the alternator. This was replaced but the car still wouldn't start. This is seemingly due to short-circuiting of the red light diode of the immobilizer on my dashboard, replacement of which is pricey and time consuming...is this true?? I was told this was because in VW the dashboard dials are in one unit, so the full unit has to be replaced instead of just the small bulb.
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The immobilizer isn't recognizing your key. You need to reprogram your keys to your car. Unless you know the SKC and know someone with VAG-COM you are going to have to go to the dealer.
Did you try all the different keys you have for the car? If you are lucky only one key is bad and you can drive to the dealer and get the bad key reprogrammed or buy a new key and have them program it to you car. Otherwise, you are going to have to get towed.
If it is just one key, make sure you bring all the keys to the dealer so they can do the reprogramming correctly.
Was any work being done on your car to cause this?
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
try your spare key first,if that doesnt work you will need a dealer to recode it unless you have the skc code for it then anybody with vag equipment will be able to do it for you
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
SOURCE: electronic immobilizer
most likely cause is the gauge cluster, this will have to be tested and service by your local dealership because the dash cluster and keys have to be coded. I have seen the immobilizer loose it's coding for apearantly no reason. therefore have them recode cluster and see if problem goes away, if it doesn't the gauge cluster will have to be replaced.
Posted on Mar 28, 2009
If there is a blinking car icon with an "X" over it. This icon means the Immobilizer has been activated and hence won't allow the car to start. It could be due to a bad SCU, Start Control Unit. The SCU is actually the ignition switch on these cars.
Most of the time it's triggered by the anti-theft system..You can try this trick i learned that the dealers won't tell you...try locking and unlocking of the doors five times with the remote to reset the immobilizer and see if this helps.
Good luck..i hope this helps...please take a minute to rate me a fixya.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
I had the same problem. It seems that multi purpose fuse (#13, 10A) blown out. And this fuse its part of the charging diagram system and also from meter gauges system. So I discovered that the speed sensor harness was the problem.
Try to look for it and replace it ( its under the big air filter hose).
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
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