Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 12:01:00 -0500
From: Kirk Johnson <>
Subject: Re: An irritation I need answered.

Funny thing!, I used to live in Flagstaff and had the almost indentical problem with my '84 900. When the weather started to get cold I would have trouble starting, just like you said. It turned out that the cold start vavle would malfunction and flood the engine. I think its a combination of the cold cold temperatures and the fact that the city of Flagstaff sits at 7000 feet. What I had to do was disconnect that cold start valve when this problem occured, until the engine was at normal running temperature. Kirk Leslie Aust wrote: > I live in Phoenix, Arizona. My 1996 Saab 900 s has exceeded my > expectations until I took a weekend trip to Flagstaff. The temperature > in Phoenix was 58F at the time but the problem arose on the morning I > stayed overnight in Flagstaff were the 6 am temperature was a nippy > 13F. Starting the car was trouble. The engine would try it's best to > start but it would not. It was on the third attempt the engine finally > kept on going by itself but only at a sluggish 300 rpm. Car shook. > Pressing the accelerator revved the rpm over 1500 rpm and I held my foot > on it until I knew the engine was warm enough to be left idling. > > This was a month after my 35000 miles service. I reported this to my > dealership service dept. After not anything wrong they said to change > my fuel I was using. Stick to 92 octane of a well know brand. Which I > have done. > > This morning at a tepid 53F I started my car and the rpm dropped again > down to 800 rpm, shaking the car before I revved the engine again. > > Now I do not want to go back to the service people again and tell them > of my experience because they will probably not find anything again. At > all times the car acted like it should when the engine was warm. No > lights came on. No computer message. > > This is a cold weather car. > > Could it be just the fuel? and this morning was just the last of the > old dirty fuel left in the tank being burnt off!! > > The car is otherwise a solid reliable vehicle. > > Saab 900 s 96 automatic.

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