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Greetings fellow 9-5ers. I have a 2007 9-5 Aero. Lovely and dead reliable car that now has approx 142K miles on her.
Recently, I noticed that the turn signal "tick tock" and the park assist sounds are no longer audible. The signals themselves work perfectly, however.
My mechanic tells me that the only option is to replace the entire console, which contains the dead speaker that no longer emits those sounds.
A new console is ridiculous (close to $1000); I might be able to get a salvaged one for $300-$400 which would then cost another two hours of mechanic's labor to install. Has anyone here had the same issue and found a cheaper fix?
Thanks from NY.


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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #1 on: 27 October 2019, 10:37:48 PM »
The older Saabs have a Saab Information Display in the dashboard.  It can be removed and the speaker replaced for very little cost with a soldering iron.

The later 9-5's still have a SID. The display is part of the instrument panel, but the SID unit itself is a separate item clipped to the back of the instrument panel.  I've never had one apart, but it should have a small speaker inside.  You will have to remove the instrument panel to get at the SID.  It looks a big job, but it's not really.  I've have had panel out and back in a lunch hour in the office car park.

You have to remove the radio and other bits and then push out the switches from behind.  Six screws are revealed.  Undo these and the dash face will come off.  Lowering the steering wheel and removing the shroud around the column also helps.  then you can see the screws holding the instrument panel.  Take that out and unclip (hopefully!!) the SID behind it.

I've taken an old SID apart and seen inside, but I haven't taken a new one out, or apart.  It may need cutting open and glueing back together.
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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #2 on: 27 October 2019, 10:44:06 PM »
Fantastic, thank you! Now I just have to locate a speaker.
I will check on Monday to see if they are available from SAABUSA Parts.
I suspect that salvage yards will only want to sell the entire console and not only the speaker.
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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #3 on: 28 October 2019, 12:28:10 AM »
The speaker is inside the SID box that clips onto the back of the instrument panel, not inside the instrument unit itself.
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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #4 on: 28 October 2019, 12:46:05 AM »
The SID unit itself is Part No. 12772937

But if you get it off, see if you can get inside and just replace the speaker.  It's probably not something that a mechanic can do economically though.  It's really a do it yourself option.

But I've found a couple of pictures that show the SID.  On the second one you can see the grid of oes that the speaker sits behind.  On the older SIDs that sit in the dashboard, the speaker is a known weak point and in the UK a speaker will be 2 - about $3.

Item 6 is the SID
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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #5 on: 28 October 2019, 01:34:43 AM »
The SID unit itself is Part No. 12772937

But if you get it off, see if you can get inside and just replace the speaker.  It's probably not something that a mechanic can do economically though.  It's really a do it yourself option.
*** Any ideas for how I could source the speaker? I would be happy to pay my mechanic his regular rate to install it if I were able to find the speaker for the low price you mentioned. I'm not very handy and I could easily see myself spending an entire frustrating day attempting to replace it (at the end of which it would still not be installed). ***

But I've found a couple of pictures that show the SID.  On the second one you can see the grid of oes that the speaker sits behind.  On the older SIDs that sit in the dashboard, the speaker is a known weak point and in the UK a speaker will be 2 - about $3.

Item 6 is the SID
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Re: Turn signal/park assist speaker appears to have died. Any fixes?
« Reply #6 on: 28 October 2019, 11:11:01 AM »
I'm in the UK.  I searched on eBay locally for "speaker" and sorted the items from low to high.

Came up with this sort of thing...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MYLAR-WATERPROOF-CONE-SPEAKER-3-Watt-4-ohm-57mm-Diameter/113055934720

The last thing of this type I bought came from a chain of stores that specialised in components for hobbyists, called Maplins, sadly it's no longer in business.  Maybe you have something like that in the US for people who build electrical stuff, like computers, at home?

But you really need to see if the  SID can be taken apart and the speaker removed and checked for size. Otherwise you may need to look for a secondhand SID and hope it's OK.  It may need a Saab specialist to marry it to the car, but probably not if it's from a petrol engined car.
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