The Saab Company of Sweden started out making airplanes before it expanded into making automobiles. Eventually Saab sold its car manufacturing operations to General Motors so it could concentrate on its airplane business. Because of its very durable engine, many of the older Saabs can still be seen on American streets and highways. However, Saab owners, especially owners of older models, need to be aware of problems with the key, including difficulty removing it from the ignition after the engine has been turned off.
Things You'll Need
- Needlenose pliers
- Extra key
Make sure you have at least one extra key at all times because replacing Saab keys on later-model cars is very expensive. Cost with one existing key is over $100, while if you lose both keys, the cost of replacement will exceed $1,000.
Turn the engine back on. The key problem usually pops up in standard models after the engine is turned off and the operator is trying to pull the key out of the ignition. On older models with standard transmissions, the ignition is on the floor between the seats.
Put the transmission into reverse. In Saabs, the reverse gear is found by pushing the stickshift hard to the right and then pulling the stick straight back toward the rear of the car. Experienced drivers can feel the gears shift into place as the stick lever is slid backward.
Turn off the engine and gently remove the key. If the key cannot be removed, start the engine again.
Put the car in neutral and then double-shift the clutch pedal before attempting to put the gear in reverse. Double shift involves depressing the clutch pedal to the floor and then holding it there for a few seconds. Then release the clutch pedal. Now depress the pedal a second time and then attempt to place the gearshift lever in reverse. Use some force but not too much.
Turn the engine off and attempt to pull the key out. Be sure to jiggle the key a bit before removal. If this fails, use your extra key to lock up the car and call a tow truck. Stay with the car until the truck arrives. One possibility is that your transmission is jammed, and an experienced mechanic may be able to loosen it by hand.
Tips & Warnings
- Duplicate keys for older Saabs only cost a few dollars.
- If the key breaks, you can use pliers or a magnet to try and pull it out.
- Don't leave your auto with the key still in the ignition. The car can easily be driven away.
- Be careful not to spill drinks on the Saab ignition.
How to Drive a Car in Reverse
Driving a car in reverse is just as important as driving it forward. People sometimes get in accidents when driving in reverse...
How to Replace Saab Key Battery
Replacing your Saab key battery can be a daunting task. Indeed, the renowned quirkiness of Saab's cars is matched by that of...
How to Remove an Ignition Key Cylinder
Removing the ignition key cylinder is a straightforward task. This repair is essential if you have broken a key off in the...
How to Replace a Lost Saab Key
Saab makes a number of vehicles. Losing your key to one of these cars is a serious and expensive problem because you’ll...
How to Remove a Chevy Ignition Cylinder
When replacing a Chevy ignition lock cylinder particular attention and caution must be observed in several areas. The air bag system must...
How to Replace Saab Keys
For most late-model Saabs made in the United States after 1997, General Motors devised a new theft protection device called TWICE, or...
How to Get a Key Out of a Saab
The ignition in classic Saab cars is not located near the steering wheel but between the gears and handbrake, for safety reasons....
How to Remove a Key Stuck in an Auto Ignition
Having a key get stuck in the ignition switch of a car is not an uncommon problem. There are a few ways...
Saab 9.3 Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting problems with your Saab 9.3 can be a very frustrating and time-consuming process if you do not know what areas to...
How to Remove Climate Control From a Saab 9-3
The climate control unit on your Saab 9-3 is a part of the center console. If you need to repair or replace...