Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 14:44:14 -0500
From: Chris Ault <>
Subject: Re: 900S bittersweet

A rear brake job is rather trivial if you're minimally handly with tools. Consider getting the tools and spending a bit of time to learn how to do the job yourself, thus saving the money and enabling yourself for future repairs. New after-market rotors should be in the neighbourhood of $35 each. Pads are about that per pair. Get a couple of wrenches and spend an evening to save yourself hundreds. And keep your car. You'll be less bummed doing that than letting the car go. E-mail me directly if you'ld like details on how to do the job. The battery/surging problem may only be the voltage regulator. Put a voltage meter across the battery terminals before the engine is running (note voltage) then start the engine (note voltage). The latter voltage should be higher than the former, and should be around 13.5V. Otherwise the voltage regulator is at fault: $25, 10 minute job. good luck. -chris Lee and Patrick wrote: > > I bought my 1988 900S a year and a half ago, and drove it until the > inspection ran out... now I have to get the rear brakes completely replaced, > and have gotten quotes for more than I paid for the car (I got an incredibly > sweet deal for it). I am so bummed that I can't afford to get it back on > the road. It has been sitting in the garage for about six months now, and > about once every two weeks I go down and run it around the block and let it > run for a while - well, last week I went down and the new battery was > drained. I charged the battery, and the car would run with a constant > surging, and then it stopped. And the battery was dead again... alternator? > I am so bummed - it has 149k miles and is in beautiful shape! I am very > seriously considering selling it, but need to get at least what I paid for > it back - any suggestions?

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