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Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 17:35:19 -0600
From: Rick and Lorie Mieras <>
Subject: Re: saab reliability

Martin Bartelds wrote: > > On Sun, 07 Jun 1998 22:11:41 GMT, Rob Teichman wrote: > > :>Oh sure now you tell us <g>. My battery died two weeks ago and I went > :>out and bought a new one. It never occured to me ask Saab to cover it > :>under waranty. > > I did have to replace the battery every 2 years. It happens to be my own > "fold": > I've connected my radio permanently connected to the sustained power. > Since the radio switches on/off electronically, after a week of permanent > connect, the > battery is nearly empty. I just remove the radio fuse for a few day's and/or > when not > using the radio/car. The same happens with alarm equipment: Leave the car > for two weeks on it's own and your battery is empty ! Batteries don't like > being > discharged a lot, so wear out very quick ! > > Groetjes Martin > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------- > M.G.N. Bartelds > BTSoftware > European Shareware Registration & Distribution > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Another point; SAAB charging system has voltage that varies with temperature, and on hot days my voltmeter read only just barely above 13 volts. (on a cold winter day it hits 14.5) So, as a preventative measure, I charge the battery periodically with a 6 amp battery charger, typically for about 4-6 hours. This has helped me; my SAAB is 11 years old and I'm on my second battery, which is still strong :)

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