Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 16:26:53 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: new owner wrote: > > Greetings. > > I have today purchased my first Saab 900S/16 > 4 door, 1987-8 not sure. > > I am a past Jag XJS owner, including 350V8 conversion antics, etc. > > > O.K. first question. > > How do I get the hood open? > > I know it's a front hinge, but I can't find the safety catch after the > lever in the driver's foot well. > > How's that for a stupid question? Yep... that's pretty stupid... ;) After pulling the interior release lever the hood should pop up a couple inches in front... If it doesn't something may be wrong with the release. Take a piece of cloth or something and wedge it between the release lever and side of the car to keep the lever in the release position then go up front and pull the hood up. After that, there is a catch on the driver's side near the edge of the grille... It's an inch or two back from the front edge of the hood. Pull it towards the front of the car while pushing the front edge of the hood down slightly. With the catch still pulled forward, lift the hood straight up and forward. After it reaches its fully up-and-forward position push the front edge of the hood down and lower it all the way. *Make sure* to guide the hood down ALWAYS until it's fully opened... don't let it "fall" open... When closing the hood, BE SURE the two guides at left and right sides of the windshield edge of the hood meet with their runners. Old Saabs and those that have been in wrecks will sometimes not line up properly by themselves... Failure to observe this will result in a mis-closed hood that may pop up while driving and may cause other damage to the hood or body or front doors... Also, keep the two runners well-lubricated to prevent paint from being scraped off. -Justin P.S. > I understand that driveway stains, funny smells, and an > occasional tow truck are all part of the adventure. Not so... keep your Saab well maintained and it won't leak, make smells, or ever need towing. My '85 900T has 190,000 on it - doesn't leak a drop, smells fine, and has never been towed - although it did die once while out in front of my mechanic's due to a failed battery ground strap... 10 mins and $5 fixed it and I was on my way... :) Be nice to it and it'll always be nice to you - and your driveway... :)

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