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1995 SAAB 900 won't start SAAB runs fine, then once in a while I get out, go into a store or something, come back and it just won't start. Until yesteday, I would just wait and it would start eventually, sometimes ten minutes to ten hours later. It just clicks very quietly. I thought it was a vapor lock, so I would open the gas tank to let air in and out and it started, but it was still aboput ten minutes or more, so maybe I wasn't doing anything. Until yesterday. It won't start at all now. Maybe it was just coincidence as the switch was cooled down or something before, but now it does not turn over, grind, anything, it's like a dead battery.I do hear a barely audible click. I have one battery cable that is all frayed at the connecter, but two men have told me it can't be that. When they try to jump start it, it doesn't affect it. I just went out a put an ice pack on the ignition to cool it. Then I tried every combination of unlocking and locking I can think of. A friend of mine (an old farmer who is 84) crawled under it in the 99 degree weather and said "it has spark" and it might be the bendix. Another friend says he would check the igntion for me and "hotwire it" but we cannot figure out how to open the console between the seats where the key is. Also, my passenger door is comming apart and I thought maybe that affected the lock, but it goes up and down normally with the key in the driver's door-that is it goes up and down like it is supposed to with the rest of the locks. I cannot afford tows or repairs, but I have to have dependable car. Any ideas?? Carole52577

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  • Carole52577 Jun 23, 2009

    Thanks so much, but can you help a bit more? Are you talking about under that consule that is between the seats? I can figure out how to get the cover off! (Women!). Thanks again, Carole

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    try live chat, a bit long for the free forum, otherwise you might wait days for any answer.

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Hi had the same problem on a 9000 it was the black box behind the ign lock the contacs inside wear and it starts fine maybe a day or two later u turn it off wont start then leave it then it will start

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    jason burgess Jun 23, 2009

    hi carole

    wear the key goes in the ign lock under that thers a unit like a switch so when you turn the key the witch turns on the ign this part gives problems like not starting even when the engine turns over but wont start or like a dead battery thers nothing ther... the part to buy second hand is not exsensive maybe a little bit of a pain to fit as on the 900 its in the center consal



    dont try and hot wire this car as you can cause major damige





    cheers jay

  • James donn Jul 16, 2012

    Make sure the gear lever is in park (if it's an automatic) some times mine slips out and I have the exact same problem .

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