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I have just bought a SAAB 9000 2.0i 16v Turbe

It is great!

It has Central locking and a Piranha alarm fitted which opens the locks.
The rear near-side door does not open with the alarm and the 'pinger' will not go up when I try to pull it up.

Any ideas?

I suspect the central locking on the car

Old owner said it was fine and then one day it stopped working but I think that the car/car door had not been used for up to 3/4 months - could there just be some stiff part?

I am going to try taking the door panel off and see if I can free it up/force lock open, but in the meantime, if anyone has had this problem, please let me know how you resolved it.

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I had a similar problem with the rear offside door on my 9000 CSE turbo. The door would not open from the outside even with the knob up. I solved the problem by waggling the knob up and down, and as if by magic the problem has gone, and not returned.

However, the nearside rear door has always behaved as if the child lock is permanently on. We've gotten used to this as anyone who travels in the back gets a kind of chauffeur service from myself or front seat passenger. Anyone any thoughts on a cure?
 

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When I had my first 9000 the children were wee and we had the child-proof locks engaged. A year or two later I turned the child-proof locks off and found that they still operated. It turned out that a couple of years of the little buggers trying to open the doors had bent the push rods which connect the interior handle to the lock mechanism. Easily fixed but doesn't explain pgabriel's problem which sounds like something has jammed.
 

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HI Guys!

Thankyou for your experiences!

The previous owner had two boys.. so it is quite possible that the child lock may be on which would explain why the door cannot be opened from the inside and if handle on outside stopped working then that would explain half the story...
But as I cannot pull up the pinger either manually or using key in drivers door, I suspect that either the mechanism is jammed or that the central locking part that opens the pinger is jammed thus it is possible all is fine apart from jamming of system...
So in short, I will have to :
a) Take off panel and see if I can identify problem
or
B) take it to a specialist to see if the central locking can be fixed
- someone mentioned a central locking part called an 'Accentuator' which might be the problem.
Hopefully the cost will not be too bad.

Otherwise, I love the car - It is my first SAAB and it drives wonderfully! The turbo is brilliant for overtaking and the low boot is brilliant for loading!
Seats are really comfortable.

Thanks

Paul
 

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Hi Paul

For a moment I thought you were Peter ;-)

Not really, I know much more about spelling (Father was an English Teacher) and accentuator didn't look right in the context of what you were saying. An accentuator would surely make any problem worse. Ah, that is what you have!

From my experience of ripping these out of a classic 900 there is a device like a servo in each door incl boot excl drivers door which operates the lock via a length of metal rod. As noted before - it is likely that the rod is bent and not permitting normal operation.

I have some spare Saab c/l servos with rods - but they are for a classic 900.

If you get the door inside off, take a look and see if you can find a part number. Take a look at the rod aswell. Perhaps I can help you out.

I will be at the Saab Enthusiasts' Club Spares day THIS SUNDAY at Hoar Park in Warwickshire, near Nuneaton - I'll take these bits along, too.

Cheers

/john
 

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Paul, I see you are in London. I am in W1/NW1 area during the week so we can always sort something if you need to - or by post. Check yours for obvious signs of damage first and let me know if you need any bits. I'll see if I can help

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Cheers John

I will check out the inside of the door first.
If there is no obvious sign of damage - will note down part numbers etc

I live in SE23 area and would be happy to come over and buy a part off you for a reasonable sum if I can work out that the Actuator is the problem and you have one that will do the job.
Any idea how you test them?

Heard about Central locking relays - wondered if there were individual ones for each door - probably a red herring - do not know much about central locking to be honest.

Thanks for advice

One time will definitely go to Saab fair.

Paul
 
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