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Old 01-14-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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New to Saab - Need a Mechanic/Indi Shop in Northern Va

I just bought my first Saab (a 2003 9-3 Vector) and I need a mechanic or Indi in Nova to help with programming my keyfob and possibly a few other issues.

I just replaced the battery in the remote and the SID (is that what it's called) still says that the battery is low/dead. The key will start the car fine but none of the buttons work (even with the new battery). And the actual mechanical/metal key will NOT unlock the driver's door so I can't currently lock the car.

I'm assuming my best bet is to buy a new remote/fob and have it programmed for the car?

I've read about 11ty threads about this topic all over the interwebs but none have addressed my specific set of circumstances. I've tried everything short of the unhooking negative terminal for five minutes, rehooking it, then put key into ignition trick.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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Seems silly, but I have seen people put the key battery in upside down, make sure you didn't accidentally do that.
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Seems silly, but I have seen people put the key battery in upside down, make sure you didn't accidentally do that.
The numbers on the battery face away from the circuit board?
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #4
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Chip used start the car is associated with key itself, buttons for the remote (banana shaped or integrated with the key?) are separate and try battery flip and see what happens? Will the key open the trunk or any other lock besides starting the car? If the mechanical key part doesn't work its possible there is an external key and a key to start car/twice unit

Did you get a second key? If you don't have one, suggest you get one make immediately. Indy can help you out.


What other type of work are you looking to have done?

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The numbers on the battery face away from the circuit board?

Correct. See if the two little prongs that protrude from the board to grab the side of the battery aren't bent too far out - I've seen that too. Gently gently bend them inwards towards where the center of the battery would rest and snap it back together.

When the battery has been dead for a long time you need to put the key into and out of the ignition switch a bunch of times to re-sync it with the car. Like 5-7 times in and out, then try it.

The contacts right under the white copyright bar in this photo, not the four gold contacts that touch the button side of the battery. You'd bend them gently down and to the right as you look at it in this photo.

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Old 02-08-2014, 09:06 AM   #6
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I've used Ernie at Reinharts garage in Arlington on Lee Highway for years and can recommend him without reservation. He really knows saabs and he's fair and honest.

I don't have the shop phone # but I'm sure it's only a click or two away.

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