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Date: 6 May 1998 22:11:33 GMT
From: "Trevor Pearson (fmr. T-Man)" <>
Subject: question about repairs

guys, thought I'd share an anecdote with you and get your opinion on the problem. The other day, my 1980 SAAB 900 began to come dangerously close to overheating, when I turned on the heater, i could not get hot air to come out, so the engine wouldn't cool down. I took it to a local import mechanic, thinking that it might be the thermostat. Yesterday afternoon they called saying that indeed was the case, and I authorized the repair. today they called and said that there was a leak due to a faulty head gasket, and want to replace the head gasket and have the head machined. New total, about $800. My question is this: is this a common occurence when cars overheat? The head is somehow part of the cooling system? Sorry, I'm not so wise about engines, so I'm skeptical of this diagnosis. The mechanic also raved about the durability of a SAAB head, saying that 98% of the time, the head was fine and not cracked. If I do have a cracked head, what are my options? Thanks, Trevor ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^ The Godard Homepage: ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ Trevor Pearson University Computing Services Consultant ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ "With all the electronics we are living with now, beginning with ^^^ ^^^ the remotes on the televisions and ending with the computers ^^^ ^^^ and God-knows-what--www-dot-boombah--I don't know what anyone ^^^ ^^^ is talking about, and it makes me crazy. The whole world is a ^^^ ^^^ computer now--there's no human element." ^^^ ^^^ - Lauren Bacall ^^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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