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Old 01-26-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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ABS, ESP, TC Failure

After buying a 2006 9-3 SPORTCOMBI and driving it for 3,000 miles, I started the car and the car check has indicated that I must bring it to a Saab Dealer due to Failure of ABS, ESP and TC Failure. Is this dangerous? What should I expect to pay from a dealer or independent mechanic to fix this problem? The weather is not freezing and there have been no noticeable signs of brake fade or brake noise?
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:58 PM   #2
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Not under warranty, CPO or otherwise?
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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That warning message can be caused by a number of things, in the engine, transmission, braking, or electronic systems (or combination of those).

You need to get it somewhere that can read the codes - any auto service place with an OBDII code reader, or even an AutoZone will be able to read the engine fault codes, which will probably have something listed for all those systems showing warnings, however it could be isolated in the transmission only for example, in which case a code scan with the Saab diagnostic tool the Tech2 or other full vehicle scan tool is needed.

Most independents and dealers charge a minimum diagnostic fee even to check the codes, but some rarer ones will at least read and clear the codes without charging you, and rely on any repairs needed to get some income from the situation, you may want to call around and see if anyone will at least read the codes and tell you what's wrong before they charge you anything.

Alternatively, letting the car sit a while and re-starting fresh has a miraculous ability to cure some of the weird electric gremlins in the sport sedans.

As a very preliminary step, pop the hood, and double check that both battery cables are tightened firmly on the battery posts, and don't look corroded.

I have personally seen 3 cases of central locking, theft immobilizer, or ESP issues due to poor connection at the battery cables (all the positive side, it sits in there poorly and seems to dislodge itself if the retaining bolt isn't tightened securely).

If you get trouble codes read, report back and you can get some feedback on them.

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Same thing happened to my 2007 combi pm me and i can tell you what you need to do... Cost me 2000.00 to find the problem but it hasent happened since..
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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Solution: ABS Failure / Traction Control Failure / Stability Control Failure

I had this exact issue - whilst driving, one after the other, the three warnings popped up on the SID display and could be cleared. The first time it happened, when I stopped driving, parked and restarted it cleared it for about 8 minutes - then it happened again. Second time I reset it lasted for ten mins, then happened again. Thereafter, the warning were permanently on as soon as the ignition key was inserted and the key turned.

I called my local Saab specialist who is fantastic and they clearly know these cars inside out. He told me over the phone that the likeliest cause for this was the wiring to one of the speed sensors on one of the rear wheels had become damaged. If it was, would be a twenty minute fix to cut out the corroded wiring and solder in some some new sections.

Was booked in, and the Tech 2 confirmed that the problem was reported with the n/s rear wheel sensor. Sure enough, when the cabling was exposed a section of the bare wire was visible and corroded. Apparently, when the cabling is fitted and then covered, it is attached to the suspension assembly with a cable-tie and this rubs/wear over time breaking the cable. Just one of those things.

Upon restarting the car, all warnings cleared, no parts required and car fixed - thanks to Motorvation Saab in Tonbridge for once again not fleecing me with my 9-3!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #6
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thank's "rjsdavis" for the tips , i have the same trouble on my 2001 93 that i just bought , so i'll check that out tomorrow to see if any wheel sensor has some bad connections.
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