Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 20:22:41 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Overheating!!!!

Bob Charlap wrote: > > My 1988 900 Turbo is suddenly massivly overheating! Doesn't even take > two miles to get up into the red and when I open the hood the radiator > overflow tank is ready to explode and is boiling away. I have only had > this Saab for one year and have not experienced any other problems. > > Any input before I hand my wallet over to the ONLY Saab dealership in > Dallas? > > Thanks , > > Bob I'd guess something is wrong with your cooling system. ;) I'd try draining the system, replacing the thermostat and the fan thermoswitch first. It takes about an hour to do this, is very simple, and will cost about $30 (or less) in parts. You might also have something more severe, such as a dead water pump (listen for a rhythmical grinding noise at the firewall as a clue) or a clogged radiator. Replacing the radiator or water pump is not exceptionally hard, but does takes some time, some tools, and some patience - and a shop manual doesn't hurt... If these fail, take it to a Saab dealer. Be SURE you take it somewhere reputable, since many independent shops will use non-OEM water pumps and other such parts, which may not be reliable. Also, it's worth noting that 900s have a "special" thermostat which is *unique* to Saabs... using the wrong one will hurt you. Bad. -Justin

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