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1997 Saab 900: ABS light has been on for awhile, now check engine, and check gearbox lights are on. The car will go into limp home mode and all gauges will go nuts and then it will be fine.

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I have had that problem myself . i replaced the electrical part of the ignition switch and it solved those problems. should be done by experienced technician. not a simple job for beginner.you must remove center console and switch is under shifter assembly

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8 valve manual :http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Official-Service-Manual-1981-1988/dp/0837603102

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