Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 05:35:56 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: '86 900 starter problem/questions

ma_twain <> writes: >Dave Hinz wrote: >> I've got an '86 Saab 900, normally aspirated. In the last week, >> 3 times now, the starter has failed to turn over the engine when I >> turn the key. First time, I let it sit for a few minutes and tried >> again, and it fired right up. Second time, I was able to roll-start it >> (I parked on a hill) and it started right up, no hesitation at all. >> So, I don't think it's a battery issue. Third time is this morning and >> it's resting comfortably in front of the garage, waiting for me to come >> home. >I would not rule out a battery problem. The easiest way to confirm this >is to try starting the car with a good battery. If it starts with the >good battery , but not with the one in the car - then you have your >answer. Just beware, you may have multiple electrical problem. Try doing a parasitic drain test. There is a good link to info about this and other tests that can be done on the primary electrical system on the Swedish Wrench website at: That page is also linked from the Technical Library page on my C900 Workshop website at "". When I first got my 1983 900S, I had a starting problem when I traced to the light in the boot (ie.trunk) being left on and this drained the battery to the point where it would turn a couple of time but not enough for the ignition to fire. Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's Saab C900 Workshop -- For all Saab C900 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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