Saab vehicles are manufactured by the Swedish automaker Saab Automobile AB. The vehicles produced by the company, like the Saab 9-3 SportSedan and the Saab 9-5 Sedan, are known for their innovative design, outstanding safety and green technology.

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DIY Projects

How do you reset the SRS on a Saab 900 Classic?

it could be that the SRS light has come on due to a broken air bag connector ring ,it sits behind the wheel and connects the loom to the air bag and horn or...... it could be a falty air bag.... Saab issued a recall for "95" airbag moduls , the plug it self might of come lose so its worth having a look your self by taking the steering wheel off and ignition cowling or

Car Batteries

How do you replace a key battery on a 2003 Saab 93 convertible?

You hold down the Saab logo and pull the end of the key fob so the actual key comes out. Then inside there is a small rectangle, you use that key you just pulled out to use as a lever so the two pieces of the key come apart, it is a really easy task, you will see the battery and you will know exactly which kind of battery to buy.

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Is there danger driving with bad catalytic converter?

Most cars won't even run is the converter is clogged. Clogged converters can get very hot, maybe even start fires.

DIY Projects

How do you turn on headlight wipers on a Saab 9-3 Convertible?

First, your headlight switch must be in the "ON" position, even if your lights stay on all the time. If your switch is "ON" you simply pull the controller to engage your windshield washers. The Headlight washers operate when the windshield washers operate. Get someone to watch them as you wash your windshield or you can shine your lights onto a wall and see the shadows as they operate.


Where is the Saab 93 map sensor?

Just below the hose attached to the throttle body

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How do you replace a rear bumper cover on a 1998 Saab 900Se?

Take the bolts out remove bummper install new reinstall bolts


How do you put the top down on a 1997 SAAB 900 convertible?

I doubt it changed much from my 95 ... in which case you unlatch two latches at the top of your windshield, then press a toggle switch located on the panel between your front seats.

It will lift the back of the top up slightly, enough to give clearance for the panel across the back of the car behind the rear seats to lift up, then the top will auto-retract into it's storage space, and finally the panel that lifted up closes again, therefore concealing the retracted top.

Raising works in reverse with the same toggle switch pushed in the opposite direction. The rear cover opens, the roof moves until it gets to the top of the windshield frame, the rear of the top lifts up so the rear panel can close, and then the rear of the top goes down tight against the closed cover. Last thing is for you to manually latch the two latches at the top of the windshield.

It goes quickly...I often would open (or close) the top during the time I was stopped at a traffic light, and in every case the operation was finished before the light turned green.


Car Fuses and Wiring
Headlights Tail and Brake Lights

Where is Saab fuse box located?

It depends on the year and model. On the model 99 (1969-84), it was located in the engine compartment on the right side. On the model 900 (1979-93) is was on the left side atop the left front fender. On the 9000 (1986-98) the main fuse panel is in the passenger compartment.


What is happening with Saab?

Saab has been bought from GM buy Spyker cars. New products include the new 9-5, 9-5 Wagon (2011), 9-4X (2011) and the 9-3 replacement (2012) that will be the first independently designed car in over 20 years and insiders are calling the best Saab ever.


2006 Saab 9-3 ignition switch wont turn?

Dude! Just wiggle the shifter!

What is happening, is the little locking pawl in the transmission's starting to wear out. (The same thing happens on non-Saab cars, but on them you have to turn the steering wheel.) To unstick the key on a Saab, hold the key in one hand and the shifter in the other. Turn the key to the right and wiggle the shifter. When you get it just right, the key will turn.

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How do you rearm an alarm on a 1983 Saab 9000 CS?

On most, just lock the driver's door with the key.

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DIY Projects

How do you change the rear shocks on a 2001 Saab 9-3 convertible?

A friendly suggestion: if you're going to be performing maintenance on your Saab you may want to invest in a service manual (aftermarket should be fine such as Chilton's or Clymer's). There's also lots of help to be found on Good luck with your Saab!


Can you tow automatic transmission Saab?

Yes, you can tow an automatic transmission Saab, but you must be very careful to tow it without it being "in gear". If that is not possible then it is best to have the car moved on a flat-bed truck, or by raising the driving wheels so that they are on a "dolly". A dolly is a sort of low wheeled vehicle which can have the "driven" wheels of the car sitting on the dolly, and not on the road surface.

Clutches and Flywheels

Where is the Clutch fluid reservoir in a 1992 Saab?

The clutch master cylinder is supplied from the brake fluid reservoir via a rubber tube.

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How do you replace the water pump on a 1989 Saab 900 turbo?

Same as Non- Turbo decribed on this site. Although, I have never needed to remove the A/c Compressor or the Alt to complete the repair. A small mechanics mirror is helpful to some for the gasket removal. Scotch-Brite type scrubbing pads work well to remove gasket material bits once the majority is off.


How do you change a slave cylinder on a 1987 Saab?

: first you put the shiny thing in the holeI have an 1987 Saab and have done this repair. Do you have 900 or 9000? On a 900 it is a very quick and easy job which i don't know how to do but my mechanic quoted me at $150 CDN, he thought i had a 900, not a 9000), on a 9000, which I own, it involves pulling out the transmission and clutch and is a serious job.

If you have a 1987 Saab 900 here is the rough overview. disconnect the battery ground cable at the battery. Remove the turbo boost pipes (if it's a turbo) and then remove the black plastic flywheel/clutch shroud. If your slave cylinder still works then have someone step on the clutch and hold it while you insert a "ring" to keep the clutch depressed after the slave is released (person lets up on the pedal). Some guys use an old spark plug wire for this "ring". I use a piece of #6 solid copper wire (no insulation) formed into a ring. You place this ring under the fingers of the clutch cover so that it holds the springs and pressure plate in the fully depressed position. This can be tedious and you must get the pressure plate fully depressed or you'll be screwed later in the process. If your slave is non-functional, forget the assistant stomping the clutch pedal, (and if you don't have the big lever tool that Saab provided their dealers with), back off all the bolts holding the clutch cover to the flywheel (don't remove them) and using pry bars or large screwdrivers pry the cover away from the flywheel and place spacers to hold. work your way around until the cover is spaced away fron the flywheel evenly. you may have to graduate spacers and go around more than once and you may have to install longer bolts as you go. If you remove to many bolts at once and the cover slips off of being concentric you'll be sorry. The loose bolts act as alignment pins, see. Also don't let a spacer fall out as you pry for the next one (tape). Another trick is to replace the cover bolts with longer bolts with a nut between the cover and flywheel and then just back off the nuts which will lift the cover. That method is foolproof but you have to have the right bolts and nuts. Once the clutch is fully released insert the aforementioned "ring". Next, crack loose the hose at the slave. Get it finger tight. Remove the three bolts that hold the slave to the transmission. If these are the correct 5mm Allen bolts you may have to make a stubby Allen wrench. Pop the retaining spring and remove the round cover plate and flat o'ring at the front/top of the trans. and carefully unscrew the 4-winged plastic thrust device from the end of the clutch shaft. insert a short bolt and use a pry bar to pop out the shaft. draw the shaft as far out as it will come. Remove the (loose) bolts from the clutch cover/flywheel, pry the slave toward the flywheel until it is free and enjoy lifting the entire assembly; friction plate, clutch cover and slave out as a unit. The alignment pins in the flywheel make this extra tricky and rotating both the flywheel (engine) and clutch cover may be necessary. By the way, the safe way to turn the engine when needed is to jack up one front wheel, remove the spark plugs, keep the car in 1st gear and turn the wheel. Like I said if you fail to depress the clutch fully before inserting the "ring" you won't be able to squeeze the three pieces (disc, cover and slave) together enough to clear and remove. See if you can borrow the Saab tools from your mechanic friend at the dealership (lots a luck). If you are just doing the slave then assembly is the reverse of disassembly (right?). If you're replacing the clutch don't forget to have your flywheel machined and replace the pilot bearing. Torque all your bolts carefully, don't over-torque and apply some blue Locktight (med. strength) to the flywheel/crankshaft bolts and the flywheel/ clutch cover bolts. Put a little "Permatex #2 (non-hardening) on the little slave/trans. case bolts. After you get your new slave in here is the best trick for bleeding it fast and easy. Attach a two foot long piece of clear plastic hose (hardware store) to the bleed nipple on the slave. Hold the hose upright and carefully pour fluid in the hose Open the nipple and apply a little air pressure to force the fluid through. I just wipe clean the hose and blow but you could use compressed air (2 psi) if you are squeamish. Tighten the nipple just before the tubing is empty. Of course, keep an eye on your master cylinder fluid level. If your clutch shaft seal is leaking they are very difficult to remove. Here's my trick; Obtain an old Saab 900 manual transmission layshaft. When we rebuild we often throw these away. Insert the end with the groove/hook into the seal and lay it back. The seal will pop right out. Use only a genuine Saab replacement seal, others will fail. If you have removed the flywheel for machining, replace the crankshaft seal too. Buy a REAR crankshaft seal of course. Good luck!

If it is a Saab 9000, you have to remove the tranny, and that may sound daunting, but it really is only a matter of knowing what to take off and in what order. Not that bad of a job once you get into it.

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Here you will find the complete procedure, with color pictures, diagrams, warnings, etc. Everything you need, and easier to follow than the Shop Manuel. I used this info to change mine in a 90 Saab 9000 Turbo, and it was dead on . . . however, you best plan on it taking the whole weekend . . .

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Your infotainment system is stuck on trip computer cleared how can this be reset?

I had the same problem on '03 Saab 93 ss , i over cleared a warning message on the SID , which resulted in the "Trip Computer Cleared " message appearing , very simple fix just disconnected the battery for a few seconds and display returned to normal -reset clock and once car was moving information displayed again on fuel consumption & temp etc....

Hope this helps ,

Just had the same issue with my 2005 Saab 9-3. To reset the SID, remove the fuses from slots 3 and 14 on the side panel that holds all fuses---consult owners manual for precise location. Leave the fuses out for a couple of hours (I removed them overnight), and the SID display will reset....two hours or more is important, nothing happens if you simply remove the fuses and immediately replace them......good luck!

Brake Pads and Rotors
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How do you change the brake pads on the Saab 93?

Replacing SAAB 9.3 rear brake pads (backing off the caliper piston without requiring use of special tools or re-bleeding the brake system):

Note: SAAB 9.3's DO NOT have an hydraulic actuating piston adjusting screw on the back side of the rear brake caliper/hydraulic actuating piston assembly as the earlier SAAB 900's do.

Assuming that the portion of the procedure involving safely raising and placing the vehicle on jackstands, removing the tire/wheel and removing the rear brake caliper/hydraulic actuating piston assembly from the rear brake caliper/pad carrier bracket went OK, the interesting part then becomes backing off the caliper assembly's hydraulic actuating piston (sometimes referred to as winding the piston in) to provide the additional clearance necessary to permit the caliper/hydraulic actuating piston assembly to then be able to accommodate the new (and therefore thicker) brake pads. It requires that the hydraulic actuating piston be rotated to the right (clockwise) while at the same time being pressed inward. SAAB service garages use a special tool to accomplish this but it can also be accomplished in your home garage with everyday tools as follows:

- use the tips of a pair of heavy needle nosed pliers (or end prong snap ring pliers or a 'U' bent heavy nail's shank clamped in long nose Vice-Grip plier jaws) to engage the two holes on the face of the hydraulic actuating piston to twist the hydraulic piston to the right a few turns until it turns somewhat more freely within its rubber dust seal (lubricating around the edges of the dust seal where it meets the face of the hydraulic piston with brake fluid helps).

- place a piece of 3/16" clear tubing over the the nipple of the brake bleeder valve after removing its dust cover and OPEN THE BLEEDER VALVE keeping the clear tubing pointing upward (important to keep air from possibly entering the hydraulic assembly; a small amount of brake fluid will come out but no air should be allowed to enter)

- apply an 8 inch 'C' clamp which has a ball jointed (hopefully lubricated) pad at the end of the clamp's jack screw such that the clamp's ball jointed pad rests centered on the face of the hydraulic actuating piston and the clamp's fixed pad rests on the back side of the caliper/hydraulic actuating piston assembly. Tighten the 'C' clamp enough so that the clamp will stay in place on its own and then give it another 1/4 turn on the jack screw (do not over tighten it as it would cause damage) .

- now using a pair of channel lock pliers, clamp them firmly around the outer perimeter of the 'C' clamp's ball jointed clamp pad which is resting in contact with the face of the hydraulic actuating piston and turn it 1/4 turn to the right, such that THE PAD AND PISTON ROTATE TOGETHER. If the pad skids on ther face of the piston instead of turning together with it, include a small piece of sandpaper or a knurled (bicycle axle type) washer between the 'C' clamp's pad and the face of the hydraulic actuating piston to improve the grip. The piston MUST turn while being forced inward.

- notice that the 'C' clamp becomes a bit looser as the hydraulic actuating piston retracts slightly with the 1/4 turn so re-tighten the 'C' clamp with a 1/4 turn of its jack screw after each 1/4 turn of the hydraulic actuating piston, repeating this operation until the hydraulic actuating piston has been backed off sufficiently to provide the caliper / hydraulic actuating piston assembly adequate clearance to accommodate the total thickness of the new thicker brake pads and the brake rotor.

- reassemble the caliper/hydraulic actuating piston assembly over the brake rotor with the new rear brake pads in place in the caliper / brake pad carrier bracket and refasten it onto the caliper carrier bracket (with its two Allen head bolts - applying a thin layer of grease to the shanks of the bolts and blue loc-tite reversible thread locker to the threads - replace the dust covers over these two bolts when fully tightened / torqued).

- CLOSE THE BLEEDER VALVE (obviously a most important item) and dry it and its surrounding area off completely.

- Start the engine to power up the hydraulic brake booster and pump the brakes firmly several times which will cause the caliper assembly's hydraulic actuating piston to self adjust the caliper's hydraulic actuating piston into proper relationship with the brake rotor.

- Re-check the bleeder valve to be absolutely sure it had been properly closed and that no brake fluid had issued when pumping the brakes in the step above and replace its dust cover.

- Open the cap on the on the master cylinder's brake fluid reservoir (under hood on the driver side firewall) and replenish any lost brake fluid (using only type DOT 4brake fluid - do not allow any dirt to enter the master cylinder's reservoir)

- Test the hand brake and test drive the vehicle with several hard stops before considering the newly replaced rear brake pad job complete and the vehicle ready to be safely returned to service.

- This is a safety related procedure so please do the work with great care.

Headlights Tail and Brake Lights

How do you remove the bracket to replace a headlight bulb on a Saab 93?

2004 Saab 9-3

Headlamp bulb replacement.

There is a retaining bracket between the old bulb and the plug

The bracket retains the bulb in the headlamp housing.

There are two clips that hold the retaining bracket in place.

Be Careful not to break the clips and release the bulb.

These bulbs are stubborn so be firm.

Replace the bulb and retainer. The twist the assembly on the headlamp housing.

Not the best design I've ever seen so be careful


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Where can you get the anti theft code for a 1996 Saab 900?

The dealer, with your car title, can provide you with it. You are probably talking about the radio, in which case you're out of luck, because the code is in the car's manual, and the radio you're holding is obviously hot. It works.

Oil and Oil Filters
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Where is the oil drain plug located on a 2004 SAAB 93 It doesn't seem to be where the manual indicates?

It is difficult to get to, and on my 2004 9-3 they used locktite on the thing so it was extremely hard to remove. It helps to turn the steering wheel so that the front tire moves out of the way beofre you jack the car up. You have to jack up the front passenger side of the car high enough so you can reach under it. I have short arms, so I had to jack it up pretty high (unsafe, I know, I know). Lay on your back with your legs toward the front of the car, slide your left arm under the car, should be in front of the front passenger side tire about arms length in. Its a pretty nondescript looking bolt on the bottom of the oil will need a socket wrench to remove it. Hopefully yours will be easier to remove than mine was. If you can't get yours off easily, I was able to get mine off by sliding under the front end of the car and using a breaker bar on the socket wrench. Good luck!

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Why can't you use Bosch Platinum-4 plugs on a 1997 Saab 900 Turbo?

You can use Bosch Platinum spark plugs because they will fit into the holes, but you will give up reliability and driveability. For some reason, the Bosch plugs do not play well with the Saab ignition/fuel systems. Stick with the factory recommendation for optimum economy and driveability.

Answerbecause of the Direct Ignition Unit. it sends MAX. 40,000 volts into the plugs to clean them at shutdown and its loaded with circuit boards. that's why it says only to use "resistor plugs", so engergy can not travel back threw the plugs and fry the unit. i would assume then that the bosch platinum are not of the resistor type. but i could be wrong, since switching to Saab i miss bosch products. I worked on SAAB"s for 18 years if you don't use the factory spark plug "NGK" you'll have problems-for some reason this car only likes factory orginal. and this goes for other auto makers. Never Never ever use "auto lite"because they auta light
Fuel Economy and Mileage
Length and Distance

How many miles do Saab usually go to When buying an older Saab what should I look for?

Saab's can easily go several hundred thousand miles. The engines are amazingly reliable, especially the 2.0-liter engines of the 1980s. My current daily driver is a 1985 900 8-valve with 288,000 miles and it runs better than most newer Toyota's or Honda's.

The manual transmissions can be a problem on 900s (1979-93), especially in turbocharged models. The 4-speed gearbox was designed in the early 1970s for a 100 hp engine, then a 5th gear was added in 1980. The bearings can wear out at about 200,000 miles, especially if the gear lube is not kept topped off. The automatic transmissions in those cars are an older design as well, so tend to rob the power from the engine.

I also have a 1999 Saab 9-5 and i have over 258,000 miles on it. I had to have work done on the gear box at around 160,000 miles. But the engine and it's components haven't let me down yet! Saab cars are super reliable.

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How much should it cost for a dealer to replace an alternator belt on a Saab?

Alternator belt $5.50 Labor: $25.00

Knowing you could have done it in fifteen minutes: priceless


Has anyone ever died in a Saab automobile?

Certainly. The laws of physics vs. the planning of safety engineers can only go so far. Someone who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, for instance.

However, the odds of dying in a Saab automobile are far less than in nearly all other cars. Take a look at the IIHS safety ratings to confirm this. Saab has been in the top few every year for as long as IIHS has been collecting statistics, over 20 years.


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