Alrite, I have a series of questions...I currently have a 1999 Saab 9-5. I went to work last night and when I was ready to go home, my black lever on the gear won't push up therefore I can't move the car from Park! It's still at work and I have no clue what the problem can be. My mom's friend who was a mechanic suggested that the fuse may have blown, but I checked each fuse and they all seem to be fine. I'm clueless, I don't want to tow the car till I'm sure it's something I can't fix. Someone please help!
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Reading from another site, it seems that this issue is common. There is a way to get it out of P. The problem is due to a fault in the microswitch that is fitted on the Shift-lock solenoid. In order for you to be able to select another gear, disconnect the Shift-lock manually by pressing down the key in the hole next to the selector lever, while at the same time shifting the selector to the neutral position. Will refer you to the site from which I got this information and it also gives info on how to change out the solenoid. http://www.townsendimports.com/Saab_TSB_Folder/Saab_TSB_pdfs/432_2138.pdf
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If it is anything like the 9-5 Saab it is probably the relay in the black relay box under the hood. It is a large orange one on the 9-5. Should be able to locate from diagram on relay box lid if yours is not orange. Real cheap fix. Can get relays on eBay.
Brakes are a user wear and can be replaced at most mechanic shops. Saab cannot by law I believe make repairing parts exclusive only too Saab Dealerships. Because what if Saab went out of business? Then you would have a car that is worthless. The government is trying to look out for us after-all!. I would suggest to find a local mom and pop shop that wont charge an arm and a leg and that would possibly give discounts after returning...
I own a 99' 9-5 V6 turbo SE. Had the same thing. Started smelling gas in the car, sometimes. Instead of not starting it died (as in the engine stopped) on a barren stretch of road at night. Towed to the Saab dealer: Conclusion? Replaced the fuel pump and sending unit.
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This sometimes can also be related to the internal batteries in the alarm ECU or alarm siren module going bad. If your handy the internal batteries can be replaced without buying a new replacement unit. Otherwise, the entire module must be replaced ($$$). Lastly, you can have a Saab indy or dealer disarm the theft alarm on the vehicle. You retain your keyless operation, but the alarm is not active. This is done in the programming and adjustment menus in the TWICE unit with the Saab Tech 2 computer. Justin Duthie Strictly Saab Melbourne, FL