Reset key not accepted message Saab 9-3

Reset key not accepted message Saab 9-3 first generation. From year: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.

How to reset key not accepted message Saab 9-3 first generation.

  1. Enter the key in the ignition and turn it until the lights on the dashboard go on, one position befor you start the engine.
  2. The key not accepted message light cannot be removed by pressing CLEAR button.
  3. To reset this warning light push the brake pedal to clear.

If the your Saab 9-3 does not start. If the text “KEY NOT ACCEPTED” appears on the SID when the engine refuses to start, the trouble may be a fault in the transponder of the key or in the receiver of the ignition switch. Proceed as follows: 

  • Turn the key back to the LOCK position. 
  • Turn the key to the ON position. 
  • Press one of the buttons on the remote control (the LED on top of the dash stops flashing). 
  • Start the engine. 

Reset key not accepted message Saab 9-3.

Try the other key. If it works, the trouble is in the first key.

Electronic starting interlock (immobilizer). When the key is inserted in the ignition, a signal is sent to the receiver. If the signal is verified, the engine can be started. Each time the key is removed from the ignition, the electronic immobilizer is activated. If a fault is detected (e.g. in the transmitter) ”KEY NOT ACCEPTED” will appear on the SID. In this case, you can still start the car if you turn the ignition key to ON and press one of the buttons on the remote control. Take the car to an authorized Saab dealer to have the system checked. The LED on the top of the dash double-flashes when the car is immobilized.

The warning light KEY NOT ACCEPTED. Fault in key transmitter or in ignition-switch receiver. Turn ignition switch to ON and press one of the buttons on the remote control. Start the engine. Have the car checked by an authorized Saab dealer.

Reset key not accepted message Saab 9-3.

All information how to reset key not accepted message on a Saab 9-3 i staken from Saab owner manual.


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