Power Windows Will Open After Reaching Top Position on Saab 9-3

When trying to close the window, the window  glass will drop a few inches after reaching the closed position.This can happen on any window that has the automatic closing feature.

The system that prevents you from being injured by the automatically closing windows is called the "pinch protection system" and this system needs to be reset, reprogrammed or is defective.

In your owners manual you will find instructions on how to reset this feature. If that doesn't work, you'll need a Saab repair shop or Dealership to check for a software update for the pinch protection system, or see if there is a defective part. Have the shop reference the Saab Technical Service Bulletin (TSB #831-2639)to help address this issue.

Average mileage: 65,221 (13,333–158,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
45 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
2005 Saab 9-355,000
I found a solution to all the little electrical problems. Disconnect and re-connect your battery! It re-sets the window - I also had that problem with my roof opening back up after closing. If your battery is old replace it. I did and have no more issues! You can thank me later ;)
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2007 Saab 9-345,000
Easy fix, car turned off, take out the window fuse #5 (power window drivers side)but check your manual first to check #5 is correct for your model, wait a few minutes, put the fuse back in and recalibrate as per your owners manual. Takes all of 10 minutes. The window has lost it's correct pinch memory setting for some unknown reason, quite common, by removing the fuse you wipe it clean, so it will allow the new callibration to be done. Good luck.
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2003 Saab 9-3100,000
the window goes up hits the top and right back down, the man at the saab dealership told me a lot of people have the problem, rather than saab repairing for free he said to hold down the window lock button while i'm putting the window up this seems to work.
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Driver side window will not reset for pinch protection; will not stop at closed position.
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2005 Saab 9-355,000
driver and passenger windows will either go half way up then go down or go to the top and down half way. It happens once in a while on the drivers side but on the passenger side it is now always happening.
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2004 Saab 9-340,000
Problem is not consistent (as with all my electronic issues on my car). Happens occasionally when holding power window button when auto - up failure or at end of convertible top closure when it is closing windows.
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2008 Saab 9-390,000
If the driver side window is allowed to go all the way to the top (closed), either on auto-closed, or if holding the up button, the window immediately runs back down and stops about 5" below top position.
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Same issue as everyone else. It goes up than auto comes back down and wont close. Have to just raise slowly but not all the way or else it comes back down. I have been to the dealer about a gazillion times for this with no resolution. I thought it was just me! I mentioned some people override this, how do you override this feature?
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2003 Saab 9-360,000
Sab 93 windows open a few inches after closing
2008 Saab 9-378,000
not fixed yet and if it cost money I will be pissed
Power window will lower after reaching the top. This happens intermittently.
2003 Saab 9-374,240
check engine light on, cause by the air injection pump, part not available causing car to be garaged
2003 Saab 9-394,500
The driver's side window automatically returns to an open state when it reaches the top of the door sill regardless of the method of closing (i.e. "auto-close" via "one-click" activation - or - manual closure via individual activation of switch). I have not resolved this problem yet (mid-July 2014).
2006 Saab 9-374,000
passenger window would go up all the way as normal, then immediately come back down about 5 inches mechanic said he reset the computer -- $150
Problem solved! See No. 10 above. Thank you No. 10 and thank you repairpal.
2008 Saab 9-320,000
window doesn't stay up.
2004 Saab 9-379,000
It started with my sunroof, closing then reopening, was told it was the "pincher sensor, replaced, did not fix problem, lived with this by just using the over-ride button. Then passenger window started this, I just ignored and continued to use the override button, lived with this problem for a year, then one morning got into my car and turning signals worked extremely slow and I had no radio system. Took to shop, was told to replace some sort of module that is located under front driver seat, to the cost of $900 for used part, hey now all systems work ie: sunroof, passenger window, stereo system, blinkers. So it all started with sunroof, then passenger windows, took over a year for other malfunctions related to this "module" of some sort
2006 Saab 9-348,000
Not sure yet...followed instructions in owners manual to recalibrate...did not work, but at least I was able to figure out how to over ride and shut the window until I can get it into Saab.
2004 Saab 9-353,000
if you get the window to hit the top and you hit the window button again to stop it then turn off the car it usually stops doing it after a few time of that...the driver's side window on mine usually only does that after it rains, had the dealership look at it, they reset whatever it was and it started operating normally again...if you try to open the window when it's frozen to the weather stripping (really cold outside, water/snow frozen between the weather stripping and the window) the sensor can get messed up again, make sure you thaw all your windows before attempting to open them in cold weather...
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