Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 17:11:43 +0100 From: "Tom" <saabtechnospamnnect.com> Subject: Re: 1997 Saab 900S Convertible
"Dianne K" <dyanne2nospamv.net> wrote in message news:24625-4534DAFB-75nospamefull-3278.bay.webtv.net... > I'm having a problem with this car and no one around here seems to be > able to figure out how to help without causing damage. > > A couple of years ago, the car just "died" and it turned out to be a > short in the electrical system, so the alarm system was disconnected. > Since then I had to lock the doors manually. > > When going to work about a month ago, I locked the door with the key > and I felt a mild "clunk" inside of it. When I left work, the door > wouldn't open with the key. I tried the passenger side...same thing. > > One of the guys there said he'd try to get it opened, but he had to go > in through the trunk. (Thank God that I had the back seat in the down > position) He was able to open the windows, but the doors wouldn't open > from the inside either! > > So, I had to climb in the window to get home. A few people looked at > it, and finally my son was able to get the passenger side door opened by > using a coat hanger on the drivers side. I had it at a mechanics for a > week, and he said that they tried but couldn't get it opened, without > damaging the door. > > The problem is....you can't even get the door panel off without being > able to open the door as the screws are located around the edge of the > opened door. > > I know this is a long shot, but has anyone here ever had this problem? > Any solutions? I'm getting tired of getting in the passenger side, and > climbing over the dang console. :( > > TIA....dy The door is probably ``deadlocked`` IE the slot for the key is horizontal, so if you can`t open it with the key you can drill out the plastic surround below the outside handle, this will allow access to the unlock mechanism. A bit of a radical solution but it is cheaper than a damaged door, Regards, Tom, Saabtech.