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2004 Saab 9-3 key STUCK in central console ignition - car

\015 After dropping off my daughter at a friend's house, chatting with the parents for a few minutes, I returned to the car, put the key in the center console ignition, and could not start the car. Nor could I remove the key!\015\012\015\012Symptoms:\015\012* Key turns to "START" position, lights go on and engine goes through check sequence and the information display says, "Check OK". But nothing. Not even the sound of the engine attempting to turn over (i.e., not a battery problem).\015\012* Key will not pull out in the "OFF" position and will not turn to the "LOCK" position.\015\012* The steering wheel is locked. I tried jiggling the steering wheel back and forth but to no avail. (Should I be trying harder?)\015\012\015\012Any suggestions?\015\012\015\012Thanks.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 11-11-2019

Answers :

Try disconnecting the battery briefly and then reconnecting it. I had this happen to me on my 04 9-3
If you have not already solved this problem I would suggest placing foot on brake and try to shift into nuetral. Carefully (do not attempt this on a hill and have foot hovering on brake at all times)have someone nudge the car back and forth to free up the transmission lock, place back in park, and with pressure on the brake try to remove key, then start as normal. hope this helps if you have not already figured it out.
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