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jeffrey590, Master Saab Technician
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saab 9000CD: saab 9000...driving-along...instrument panel lost

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saab 9000...driving-along...instrument panel lost life and engine bringing auto back to Neutral still moving started the engine and all was well....later after stopping the car turned the ignition-key to start and engine turned over as normal but did not fire...l noticed that on a repeat attempt start that when l turned the key no lights showed on the panel, once again the motor cranked but did not fire. l linked the fact that there was no electrical-life showing on the dash with a l fiddled with the key [on & off] and was pleased to see dash come alive, turned the key to start....and it started normally. A few times now this happens..Question Why ? Bothers me that while driving.. the car may stop due to this fault...battery is good and nothing obvious to me..why does the instrument panel have no lights at times and will not start ?
Greetings JACUSTOMER, your problem is a fairly common one. You need to replace the electrical portion of the ignition switch. Over time the contacts wear internally and will cause the exact symptoms you have described. The electrical portion is located directly behind the ignition cylinder and can be changed separate from the key cylinder. If I can assist further I will be happy to help. Thank you, Jeffrey
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for that l have a s/h part to hopefully fix the prob...will do it tomorrow and will be back to you to pay !! Thanks for the help Tim
Thanks Tim
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