So this work around will not work if you have the "Steering wheel lock malfunction pull over when safe..." error and if your key fob is not recognized?Just wanted to add to this thread to say that yes, this method listed above does work! I just drove the car for the first time in weeks by following this. I did not wire a switch as shown, but just manually released the actuator so the key would turn, then jumped the starter relay and sure enough, it fired right up. Unfortunately all problems remain. I read quite a few posts that said to drive it around for a few and the steering wheel may lock again, but it did not
It appears there are 2 common steering wheel related messages. One says something like "Steering wheel lock malfunction pull over when safe..." and the other says "Steering Wheel locked, remove key turn wheel and try again" or something similar. Mine is the later.
Like many of the posts that I've read, my symptoms are that the key won't turn at all, the steering wheel turns freely with out the key, and one issue that seems to be unique to me is that the odometer light and CD tray light will not ever shut off, so the battery will die after a few hours of sitting if I don't pull the battery cables.
What I have tried so far:
- double & triple check the battery - it holds a steady +- 13v when not connected to the car.
- replaced the ISM - Pep Boys had it for about $190 - but no change
- replaced fuses 1&2 inside the car (even though they were fine)
- disconnected the battery multiple times including overnight
- lock/unlock with the key fob & followed a process I read online of manually locking and then unlocking with the FOB to trigger some sort of reset.
- bought an ODBII scanner - it read "No Error Codes"
So I think I am down to either the actual Steering Wheel locking mechanism or the CIM. Both options are expensive. If I have missed something that I could try at home please do let me know. If anyone has seen a tutorial on replacing the steering wheel lock mechanism please link it in a response. Thanks
Anyway, since I was lucky enough to have the ISM in my hand at the time of reading this thread, I took some close up photos of the actuator and spring location. OP's method does work, and did help me get the car started so now at the very least I won't have to have it towed to the dealer.
Here you can see I just used a paper clip to pull the lock back.
I have had the steering lock malfunction issue on my 03 ARC for about 3 years. I have had it into the Saab dealer and it has been confirmed that it is a bad CIM.
It became an issue when I was unable to turn the key to start my car. (the steering wheel remains unlocked)
The bad news is that i have yet to find a real solution to the problem that doesn't involve a new CIM. (I assume it must be possible to disassemble the CIM and put a new actuator in it)
The good news is that your car can drive again with a little work on your part.
What i did to make it work may be a little tough to explain but i will try my best and tried to grab as many pictures as I could today, I didn't disassemble the ISM this time for pictures, but I am stealing some from here
First, to get the key to turn in the ISM:
1. Remove the drivers side kick panel
2. Put a small piece of baling wire (about 1/2") curved at a 90 degree angle into some hemostats to make a small hook.
3. Take a flashlight and get down on the floorboard to look up at the bottom of the ISM, there will be a small slot in it.
4. You need to take the hemostats with the wire clamped and put that small hook through the slot at the end to the rear of the car, push up firmly and pull it to towards the front. What you're doing here is grabbing the small actuator by the spring and pulling it away, while holding the actuator in this position, the key is free to turn.
I used this method for about 2 months before i got tired of it and just disassembled the ism and took the little actuator out. (Maybe someone has a spare ISM laying out and could contribute some better pictures) but the actuator and spring just pulled right out if i remember correctly.
Now your car will come on, but for some reason it will not allow you to start, you need to then:
A. Locate the starter relay under the hood, a pair of needle nose pliers between the larger terminals will activate the starter.
B. The more permanent fix is to run a grounded push-button from the inside of the car to the starter relay. I decided to use the smart slot for my push-button because of it's proximity to the key and simplicity for hiding wires. Its worth noting that I would love to figure out how to use the "-" button on the dash for this!
I used the bolt directly underneath the smart slot for the ground source.
Some solder and a 25 cent pushbutton and you're ready to go!
So I believe that's it, You do have to clear the error messages every time you get in the car (I wonder if those can be turned off) But other than that the car starts and runs fine (and has been for years).
If you would like any more detail or help on this, just ask and I will see what I can do!
Also, I sincerely apologize for the nasty state of my car, The camera flash really makes you notice the dirt and grime that you can't really see.
I just got the steering malfunction error. I reset battery and car started without error. Turned off, error again. Fuse #2 trick worked! Thanks.For those of you with this issue, what has worked for me is to remove fuse 2 and re-install. It seems to reset everything and allow it to work. Of course every time you have to restart you need to do this. What I have done is put wires into fuse position 2 and remoted a normally closed switch. So by pushing the button it has the same effect as removing the fuse. When I do that I can start it again. It is a work around. This is by far one of the least reliable cars I have ever owned.
Okay! I went to my Saab Mechanic. It was my steering lock on the steering column.I just got the steering malfunction error. I reset battery and car started without error. Turned off, error again. Fuse #2 trick worked! Thanks.
What does that mean as far as ICM and such? Good Friday weekend so can't get to shop.
I got the car started by sticking card-board into the ISM actuator pin and jumping the relay.My situation:
2007 Saab 9-3 Auto 2.0T
I have this error: "Steering wheel lock malfunction pull over when safe"
CANNOT turn steering wheel , it's locked
CANNOT turn key in ignition
I have two questions:
1) Has any one gotten this "work-around" (or fix) to start the car?
2) Has any one gotten this fix to unlock the steering lock?