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Old 02-21-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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central locking relay question

Hello. I'm trying to get the locks straightened out on my 96 9000CSE. I think I have a bad relay since I'm getting the randomly working locks. Question is, what cars can I get a relay from? Are they all the same, or do I need to find one from a late 9000?

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Old 02-21-2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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sounds like we are having the same issue. my locks seem to work "when they feel like it" cant really see any ryhme or reason to it. it hasnt irritated me long enough to fix it though. keep the thread updated if you fix it.
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Old 02-21-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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My car does the same...maybe we should look into and find the issue

I know mine is not the switchpack, as it does the same thing with both good switchpacks I have for that car.
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Old 02-21-2008, 03:57 PM   #4
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The problem I'm having is exactly the same as described here:

http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=116154

I also have one door that doesn't do anything with the central locks, presumably a bad actuator. I've seen the relays for sale, but most are off early models and I'm not sure if they're all the same. I'm hoping to find one used since for 200 some dollars I can reach around and lock my doors by hand. I'll keep my progress posted.

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Old 02-22-2008, 05:34 AM   #5
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I also had a 1996 CSE with the same type of problem. Sometimes the key fob would activate the locks sometimes it wouldn't. I ended up changing out the locking morotr on 2 doors, both backs befor it went away. Electrical gremlins suck
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Alot of times it's in the drivers door switch if it only happens when locking the doors from the outside. The relays very seldom fail.
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Alot of times it's in the drivers door switch if it only happens when locking the doors from the outside. The relays very seldom fail.
dont say very seldom, i had one fail on me.. the relay is located right above the pedals, on my 92 9000 it was a black box about size of a juice box.

the drivers door actuator could also be the issue, it senses when the drivers lock is down, then will unlock all the other doors in a corresponding manner.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:33 AM   #8
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Another reason I'm thinking it's the relay is because the symptoms are similar to when my headlight relay was going bad. Same randomness of "works when it feels like it". When it feels like working all the locking devices work, key, key fob and interior lock switch. Does this sound familiar?

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Just to add confusion to this I changed my front passenger,your drivers side in the states to a no name cheapie called autowatch.It has not done the same thing since. The autowatch also provide the central locking motors for each door.All up 20 $.
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #10
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Wanted to give an update here. I just put in a new relay off of another 96 9000 and the central locks are now working again. I also have a new actuator for the one non-working door that I'll be putting in as soon as we get a nice day here. I'm hoping that will clear up all my locking problems.

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Old 03-19-2008, 03:51 PM   #11
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So, is that the large box that is like 3-4 inches square that is under the dash?
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:27 PM   #12
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It's approximately 1x2x5" under the dash on the drivers side. If you look up pretty much just to the left of the clutch pedal you'll see it. The part number is 4102851 4050 5359.

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