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Old 07-30-2018, 05:13 AM   #1
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Car won't start when radio stays on.

So, I have a 2000 Saab 9-3 viggen that has problems with the radio. While driving the radio will shut off. The SID will display all information but the radio section of it. By pressing the power button off and back on the radio will play for a few seconds then turn off. If I do this with high bass and the radio turned up the radio portion of it can turn back on. If I pull the key while the radio does not display the info, the radio will stay on and the radio, heated seat, and window buttons will still be lit. If the radio is in that off state and the dash lights are still on the car will not start. Once the radio info displays on the SID and the music returns the car will start just fine.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:06 AM   #2
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Sounds like an undocumented security feature...

Is this the stock radio or aftermarket?
Sounds like some type of ground, short, or wiring issue. Maybe even the ignition switch.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:08 AM   #3
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First guess from me would be ignition switch. When you remove the key, does the lock cylinder pop up? If it stays depressed ~1/4 inch below the trim ring then that could be part of the issue.
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The lock cylinder pops up just fine, no issue there. Stock radio that came with the car.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:09 PM   #5
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Since it's intermittent, if it were me I'd replace the electrical portion of the ignition switch. It's relatively inexpensive and easy, and they are very tricky to diagnose unless you're very familiar with the electrical system. I'm about the throw an ignition switch in my girlfriend's Honda Element because sometimes the dash lights and interior lights don't work and if it's more complicated than that I will have to set a few hours aside to start digging into it. Which I do not want to do.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:10 PM   #6
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I have found that if I open and close my trunk the radio will turn back on, I think there is a short somewhere back there. going to mess around and see if I can find it.
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Does your car have the trunk mounted CD changer? Check there, and around where there might be the connector for it.
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