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How to Locate the ECU on a 2003 Saab

Ever since the the release of Saab’s Trionic engine management system in the early ’90s Saab has been know for its innovative computer-powered Engine Control Unit (ECU). AutoLink AL301 Saab uses a similar Trionic 5 system in its base line 9-5 and Trionic 7 in its flag ship 9-5 Aero model.

What many people don’t know is that these ECUs come from the factory programed for “the average Joe.” Once you know where to locate the ECU, driving enthusiasts can swap out or reprogram these computers with a few simple tools to see gains in horsepower, torque, and fuel efficiency.


Set the hand break, remove the key from the ignition switch, and open the hood.

Disconnect the negative battery lead from the battery terminal using the adjustable wrench.Launch iCarScan VCIUsually this lead is black. This will prevent any possibility of shock or shorting during the project.

Clear away any debris that has collected in the plastic run-off cover located at the bottom of your windshield.

Locating the ECU

Remove the screws that hold the plastic run-off cover and rubber seal in place with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Lift up the plastic run off cover. It does not have to be completely removed. This saves you from needing to remove the windshield wipers and is usually enough space to access the ECU.KD900 Remote Maker This will expose the ECU protective cover, which is oval shaped and has a hose containing wires running from it.

Loosen and remove the 10-mm nuts holding the plastic protective cover in place with the 10-mm socket wrench and extender. Lift up the plastic protective casing to expose the ECU and wiring.

You have now located the ECU. To remove the ECU, lift the black handle to disconnect the wiring connector, undo the two 10-mm nuts on either side and lift out the silver box.

Follow these steps in reverse order to replace the ECU and plastic covering.

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