So, the driver's door on my 1989 saab 9000 is jammed. In a cold spell I
forced turning the key in the lock and something happened inside that
door so that nothing happens now when I turn the key. ALso, the 'tab'
inside the door does nothing when it is lifted. Hence, the door is
permanently locked shut and I'm unable to get the door panel off and
have been getting in and out by the passenger side door. Help?
The metal rod came off the inside. You need to come in from top with a slim jim to open and then work on the door by taking panel off. Get a locksmith or call the local dealer and ask who is there SAAB roadside assistance. Also Cadillac dealers have a roadside service.
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Check fuse #15 if you have not done so & check in the trunk for a manual over ride under the tool kit. The 90-92 models had one, not sure if your model does. I don't have a lot of info on the 94 A 9000-- Maybe a Saab expert will chime in with more advise.
Close any open doors, and lock them all from the driver's door. You should hear the other doors locking when you turn the key in the driver's door. Check the other doors to make sure the lock indicators are in the "Locked" position.
Wait at least 15 seconds. Then, unlock the driver's door with the key. This should disable the alarm.
Take your car to the Saab dealership if the alarm engages even with the car unlocked. That likely means there is a contact inside the lock on the driver door that is faulty.
Maybe the anti lock brake ecu is bad or the sensors need to be replaced on the appropriate wheel as indicated by fault codes for the ABS system.
Fault codes were not provided on the original 1989 model of the Saab 9000, but the 1990 to 1991 model ecu can be installed and fault codes read from the AntiLock warning lIght flashing codes.
Check wiring to ensure there are no opens to the module from the ABS Wheel Speed Sensors.
Maybe check that the wheel speed sensor is picking up a sinusoidal wave of AC electricity when the wheel is spun as seen on an oscilloscope function of a multimeter. This would isolate the problem to wiring or the ECU being at fault.
the locking solenoid could be sticking up or down due to the cold or could be going bad. if possible take off the door panel a watch the solenoid as you have someone operate the key and with the remote.
Sounds like a crank sensor. They can drive you mad. If you hear a clicking sound when you try to start it, that is the battery. But if you turn the key it starts, you drive some place turn off the car for 5 minutes and then try to restart it, and it does nothing at all, that is a classic crank sensor.