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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 6:27 pm 

Joined: Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:28 pm
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Location: Rutland
Car Models: SAAB 93 convertible
2005 SAAB 9-3 Vector 1.8T Auto Convertible Black
Owned since March 2014. Current 94000 miles
Totally reliable and trouble free until Covid19
Little used from March 2020
Failed to start, new battery fitted September 2020, ran normally
Not used from December 2020
Tried to start April 2021 flat battery
Battery charged but engine would not start.and steering locked. “Ignition malfunction. Safe stop. Call Service” alert notice appeared.
Consulted forums.
Bought and fitted used/tested ignition switch.
No change
Still got malfunction notice.
Consulted forums again’
Removed and disconnected steering column lock cube.
Modified ignition switch by placing a plastic stop to hold back the spring that prevents key turning freely.
Fitted a push button to earth out starter solenoid coil.
Car started on push button and drove normally, everything working as it should although tacho under read by about 1000rpm.and malfunction notice reappeared but could be cleared.
After three short journeys the ignition key could not be removed when switching off.
Removing battery earth terminal and replacing allowed key to be removed.
Car started and stopped twice with key/push button.
Key removed, without forcing, but key will now not move to Off/On/Start, cannot start engine.
Suggestions please

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