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Hi, I am having intermittent starting issues with my 2004 SAAB 9-5 2.3T(4 cylinder). When it doesn't start there is clicking sound from under the hood. Sometimes it feels it is almost about to start. Lights, windows etc work. It happened a week ago, and after about 15 - 20 mins it started up. It happened again yesterday and couldn't get it to start for about 2 hours. On jumping it, it started straightaway. Had the battery checked, it was fully charged, although slightly low in amperage(I was told it is ok now but that it would definitely cause issues in cold weather). The bettery was also charging when I had it checked. Could it just be the battery ? A mechanic thought it is the starter, and I shoudl get both the battery and starter replaced. But what if it is the ignition switch ? Should l just change the battery first and see how that goes ? What if there is nothing wrong with the starter and I end up paying for that for no reason. Any ideas what it might be, and what should my best approach be ? Thank You.

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Steering lock malfunction sign shows up on my screen with a picture of a steering wheel and a lock on it appears as well. they want a 110.00 just to tell me what is wrong. sometimes it will not start or will not go in gear. what could this be?

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Bad starting is rarely caused by a battery that turns the engine over quickly and if it turns over quickly it aint gonna be the starter.....look to something like plugs/leads...fuel,pump/filter.even a dirty air filter will cause starting problems.start with the least expensive things that you can do and work the things you cant.the clicking sound is almost certainly the starter but it will click if the battery is on its last i would start with a new battery.........

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