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Starting problem I temporarily lost the key for my saab and had to move it, so I disconnected the shift cable hold down to move it out of park and now it wont start.

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Check your reverse swich. if the switch doesnt see connection, being out of reverse/in reverse, then the ignition switch will not get supply power. look for swiches/sensors by the shifter and ignition swich for possible faulty switch/sensor. hope this helps

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