Date: Sat, 17 Oct 1998 00:43:44 -0700
From: Sviden Kovatchev <svidennopsamhlink.net>
Subject: Re: CHECK ENGINE light on Saab 9000 -91 automatic


Hi, Don't warry that the car has 160 000 km, because my cas 120 000 miles (192 000 km) and runs perfect. (9000 S '88) Abouth the transmission : If you do not feel bumping or inproper (delays in shifting or misshifting) changing the gears, just forget abouth the transmission. It depends on how they repair your transmission. There is a great chance on these models 88-91 that the transmission will die around 100 000 miles.(160 000 km) I had to replace mine at 100 000 miles with NEW one. But this is long storty, so back to the problem. The Check Engine Light is related ONLY to the ENGINE. 1. There is a computer who calculates all fuel/ear mixture, the temperature and so and so. The car also has variable timing. The timing relays on the so cold "Knocking sensor". Because of the hills, you need extra POWER at low RPM. The Extra POWER comes from the different timing. If you have problem with this sensor, the computer will indicate that and the light will start to flash. Try to count how many flashes the light gives you. I had the same problem a year ago, and by untighing, cleaning and then tighting the sensor everyting's went fine. The sensor is placed on the backside the engine, below the Inlet Manifold. 2. Check the fuel filter. You should replaced it every 160 000 km. May be this filter have been never replaced. 3. The only thing you can do is to pull out the code from the computer. It is easy if you know how. If you want to try this, better write to Ywan Mason <ymasonnopsamsouth.net>. He has more than 20 years of experience reparing SAAB. He also has an exelent webpage at http://www.townsendimports.com/default.htm . You can look for the instructions. I wish you luck and continue to be proud owner of SAAB. Best Regards Sviden hpanopsama.com wrote: > Howdy, > > I've about 5 months ago become a proud owner of -91 SAAB 9000, with > air-conditioning and automatic transmission. > > I'm living in South of France, where there are lots of steep hills and roads > in not so good shape, plus people tend to drive without consideration of their > car's well being. My SAAB hasn't been properly maintained since 80000 km, > and now it has about 160000 km's on it. > > Anyway, long story short, it still runs quite well providing superb comfort. > Lately though when I climb up a hill and hit the gas pedal, the CHECK ENGINE > light comes on, and the usually stays on through the rest of the trip, > sometimes blinking or turning off when idling. > > If there are no steep hills on the route, I can go for tens of kilometers > without the light turning on. > > The car was actually in a local garage, and they claimed to have fixed it, > the cause being related somehow to automatic transmission electronics, was > their story. Well, obviously it is not fully repared, but when I return > the car for service, do you have a hint about possible so I could tell > them where to look? > > Thanks, > > Harri Pasanen > > -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- > http://www.dejanews.com/ Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own hpanopsama.com wrote: > Howdy, > > I've about 5 months ago become a proud owner of -91 SAAB 9000, with > air-conditioning and automatic transmission. > > I'm living in South of France, where there are lots of steep hills and roads > in not so good shape, plus people tend to drive without consideration of their > car's well being. My SAAB hasn't been properly maintained since 80000 km, > and now it has about 160000 km's on it. > > Anyway, long story short, it still runs quite well providing superb comfort. > Lately though when I climb up a hill and hit the gas pedal, the CHECK ENGINE > light comes on, and the usually stays on through the rest of the trip, > sometimes blinking or turning off when idling. > > If there are no steep hills on the route, I can go for tens of kilometers > without the light turning on. > > The car was actually in a local garage, and they claimed to have fixed it, > the cause being related somehow to automatic transmission electronics, was > their story. Well, obviously it is not fully repared, but when I return > the car for service, do you have a hint about possible so I could tell > them where to look? > > Thanks, > > Harri Pasanen > > -----------== Posted via Deja News, The Discussion Network ==---------- > http://www.dejanews.com/ Search, Read, Discuss, or Start Your Own

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