Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 21:03:50 +0100
From: Grunff <grunff232nopsam.com>
Subject: Re: Non Starting SAAB 9000 HELP


Stevenopsamx.com wrote: > Help anyone ...my 9000CDE 1995 auto broke down - engine just died. Got towed > back home. > Diagnosis was that the DI cassette was faulty.175 lighter I am still in the > same position. The engine doesn't want to start. > When turning the engine over there is now a (very loud) horrible squeal on > each engine cycle and no attempt by the engine to backfire, start, ignite > fuel or anything.Pretty lifeless. Removing the plugs and repeating the > same..the squeal goes away, with the engine turning over quite freely. > As best I can make out the squeal comes from the drivers side (British car > RH drive) of the engine. I cannot drive the car so it is pretty difficult to > take it to a SAAB dealers to get the engine diagnostics run. Lets start with the squeal, it sounds worrying. You say removing the plugs stops it. Put the plugs back in one by one, try to find out if the squeal is really coming from one of the cylinders. Do you have a compression tester? It's just a pressure gauge with a hose and threaded connector that fits in the plug hole. If you don't have one, get one. They're about 15 from any motor factor or even Halfords. Do a compression test. This isn't where I'd normally start in a no-start situation, but the squeal really bothers me. -- Grunff

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