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Old 01-29-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Weird "Key not accepted" issue

Ignition lock cylinder broke in the Viggen so I had it rebuilt by a local locksmith and now I'm getting the "key not accepted " message on the SID and car doesn't want to start unless when the key is in the " on" position I press the hatch unlock button on the remote and then it shows how many keys/remotes are programmed to the car. Once I do that it'll start no problem but other than that it just clicks.

I'm thinking maybe it wasn't rebuilt right? I'm running out of ideas





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Old 01-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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Could be a problem with the key surround/transponder. I know you'll get that message if it isn't plugged in and you try to start the car, it might even do it if the surround isn't seated properly (not positive about that one). Some info/pics here: Key not accepted
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:02 PM   #3
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^^ That. Make sure the antenna ring is plugged in.
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While doing all this I never had the ring sensor/cover on which was causing the "key not accepted " message
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That would do it! The energizing antenna to read the chip is a coil built into the trim ring - the key has to be within the ring to read the chip.

So did that fix it?
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That would do it! The energizing antenna to read the chip is a coil built into the trim ring - the key has to be within the ring to read the chip.

So did that fix it?
Yes, when I got the ignition cylinder back I tested it without being in the shifter housing so I never hAd that ring sensor around the key

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Can someone please help me I have a 2000 saab 9-3 that was sitting for almost a year and i finally just got decided to get it on the road,Now i put a new battery in it and now it's saying key not accepted and i am hearing a clicking noise on the passenger side,I was told it might be the twice unit so i went to the junk yard and got lucky and found it with the matching key and remote,Also my remote doesn't work the key only unlocks/ lock what should i do Next please...I only have one key.
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