Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 14:36:46 +0800
From: "Alfred" <>
Subject: Re: Inefficient A/C

Yes, it is a used Saab. FYI, used Saabs are real bargain in Hong Kong. Mine is 1994 with very low mileage (36K km), costs me US$5500. (the selling price was US$38K when new!) Your suggestion sounds funny, but then I have to refill the washing fluid frequently. Alfred Four Weis <mweinopsamcom> wrote in message news:38DE26E7.1D0B0C8Dnopsamcom... > Alfred wrote: > > > Hi folks, > > > > Just bought a 900se 2.5 V6. > > I live in the US and the 900 has been replaced by the 9-3. If this is true > where you live, this is a used car. If it is new, then Saab is still using the > 900 name outside of the US. > > > Love the car a lot, but the a/c seems not working efficiently. I notice > > that > > the 'blue zone' (for cold air) on the thermostat is very short, in > > comparison > > with the 'red zone' (for warm air). Does it mean that the system is already > > 'born' with very limited cooling capability? > > I have an older Saab and it's AC was always weak compared to Volvo and Toyotas. > > > I am living in Hong Kong and the day time temperature is around 23C. Even > > the thermostat is set at the "blue zone', the air coming out is simply not > > cooled > > enough. You may say there is little air conditioning effect. > > Summer is coming very soon and the temp. will rise to over 30C! I must > > have that fixed in time. > > > > I am wondering : > > > > 1. If the a/c coolant is low ? > > If so, how can I check from the gauge located behind the front grill? Is it > > difficult to refill by myself? > > > > 2. If I can change a more powerful compressor ? > > If so, do you have the part no. or so? > > > > Any of you have similar experience to share with? > > I know one technique to "enhance" the cooling capcity of radiator. In the > Southwest desert area of the US they trickle water over the "radiator" of the > Air conditioners to improve its cool capacity. The same concept was used to keep > "demolition derby" cars cooler. A windshield fluid pump was used to pump water > over the radiator. You can prove this concept to yourself without any > modifcations. Use a thermometer to determine the difference between the AC air > and the outside air on a dry day. Do the same while driving on a rainy day. You > should notice a greater cooling effect on the rainy day because of rain on the > radiator > > ASSUMING all components (relays, cooling fans, valves, compressor, thermostat, > controls etc) are working as designed, you could try the windshield fluid pump > for an inexpensive fix.. > > > I used to drive a 9000CD 2.3T with ACC. The a/c is an icebox! > > > > BTW, I know Saab is a very good winter car, but I want to tell Saab > > engineers > > that Saab is susceptible to over-heating in hot weather region like here. I > > hope > > they can deliver the Saabs with bigger radiator/water tank for the Asian > > markets, just like the Japanese do. > > Don't bet on Saab doing anything special. GM has a substantial influence on > Saab now. Basic design may not be controlled, but allocating funds to develop > special modifications for relatively few cars will be denied by the people > looking at the bottom line. But, then, you never know until you ask, they just > might do it. Try contacting the dealer and importer to see if they would send > the request to Saab headquarters. Good Luck! > > > Many thanks, > > > > Alfred >

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