People with car knowledge needed here--thank you

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  1. Tigger Please

    Tigger Please VIP Extreme Gold

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    I have a 1997 Saab 900SE

    It has been very cold the past couple of days (below 20F). As of yesterday the alarm will arm itself using the key fob, but the doors will not lock and must be locked .

    Now the key will not turn in the ignition.

    I am thinking this is probably a low voltage issue affecting the anti-theft system. The battery has been fine until now, but it is probably due for a new one.

    Please advise; I thank you in advance for keeping abusive comments to a minimum
     
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    stick a banana in the tailpipe. Or just go to Autozone and have them check the battery. :dontknow:
     
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    trade that piece of shit in
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    Tigger, I'm going to guess there may be ice in the locking mechanism on your Saab, which is preventing the doors from locking with the solenoid. The force of manually locking the doors is enough to overcome the ice, but the solenoids are weaker, thus not allowing the doors to lock automatically. To find out, park the car in a garage that's above freezing overnight and then try to automatically lock them.
     
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    I can't turn the key in the ignition to get anywhere. I can't get to the banana store.

    I figure roadside assistance can at least jump start (despite not being dead; just low)
     
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    :jj:
     
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    I thought it had something to do with moisture as well, but the door locks are also acting up.
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    As for the ignition key, also probably ice in there too from humidity. Try spraying a little lock de-icer into the ignition key hole warm the key with body heat, and see if it will turn. A low battery will not prevent the key from turning, it and the security system will only prevent it from starting when the key is turned.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    The thing is a little tank; very sturdy
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    Hint: you could also try using your hair dryer on the ignition if you don't use any de-icer first (it's alcohol and will ignite), just enough to warm it up.
     
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    Push it into the nearest body of water, report it stolen, collect the insurance money, buy anything not built in Europe.
     
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    Funny you should say that; I was going to try running an extension cord outside and plugging in my blow dryer.
     
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    Have you met my previous vehicle-- my Ford Explorer? :explode:
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    What can I say?? I used to be a certified mechanic until I grew tired of fixing things other people "fixed" first. BTW, if it works, will you finally PM me a pic of your boobs?
     
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    I have a banana.

    The key not turning in the ignition is puzzling. Chance of water inside the car to freeze up seems unlikely. Can you jack with the steering wheel a bit left or right to free up the key?
     
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    Yes, I did that :( .
     
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    The ignition is in the console in those stupid things. She could have spilled a beverage, or gotten in the car wet or snowy recently.
     
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    European cars= electrical issues/ moisture issues.
     
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    Ah so. On to the hair dryer.
     
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