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Ignition Switch Issues

Ignition switch problems are common issues on Saab. What typically happens is that the electrical portion of the ignition switch fails which results in issues such as no start, no dash lights, no warning lights etc.... When you turn the ignition switch the dash lights for all the gauges should immediately turn on. If they do not then that is a good indication that your ignition switch should be replaced.

NOTE: We have also seen some issues with the key part of the ignition switch failing depending on the car. Most of the key cylinders have a tip on the cylinder which can also break causing very similiar issues although this usually happens on the older Saabs.

Thanks to Akos S for contributing to this FAQ!

To save some money first I dismounted the electrical part of the switch by drilling the rivet. I have cleaned the contacts and installed the switch. Works fine. There is a good indicator of the status of the contacts. Turn the key to ON, but don't start the motor and check the battery voltage. If it is incredible low (like 6-9V) then the contacts are getting dirty meaning that the ignition switch must be replaced.

Thanks to Rob LaPorta for contributing to this FAQ!

The ignition switch on my 1998 900 SE went bad, and caused the radio and dash lights to cut out when the headlight switch was set to the far right position. After the electrical part was replaced, the issues disappeared - hooray!

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