I have a 2004 SAAB 9-3. I was trying to replace the clutch helper spring. I couldn't compress the spring far enough to get it in. I noticed a white "button" near where the top of the helper spring mounts (the yellow clip). I pushed in the button (actually more of a plunger) hoping it might be a clutch pedal release. It didn't seem to do anything, but now my car won't start! And I still don't have the helper spring in place!
When I turn the key, the electrical system comes on, but the starter doesn't spin.
Thanks for the response. You're getting close...
I did a little more research and it does seem to be the so-called clutch pedal switch that I pushed in and can't pull back back out. I didn't have the doors open that long and I put a new battery in less than 2 months ago, so I doubt that it's the battery. The starter solenoid doesn't even click I don't think.
I could try to push start it tomorrow. Just seems odd that the battery would have gone dead. Maybe the switch is not the issue? This car only has 23k miles on it!
I'll give that another try and let you know. I didn't want to pull on it too hard and risk breaking it!
Just went out and pulled it a little harder. Pulled it out! The shaft is ratcheted (I believe) so I had to tug it a bit. The car starts now!
Now if you can only tell me how to install the clutch helper spring. I see where it needs to go, but can't compress the spring enough to get it in.
I haven't had time to try the spring compression tricks you suggested, but I think they might work. It's pretty darn hard to get under the dash to do this so I may end up paying someone else to do it anyway.
Thnaks for your help!
Cool. Did you get my initial payment? First time I've used this site and I'm definitely happy with your response.