Date: Sat, 08 May 1999 17:05:30 GMT
From: (Steve Crowe)
Subject: Re: Starter relay problem? '94 900S

On Sat, 08 May 1999 00:57:00 GMT, "John Vincent Lombardi" <> wrote: >All, > >Maybe someone can help with this problem on my '94 900S 4cyl: > >Occasionally, when I turn on a high load item (AC, seat heaters) I lose >power to number of other items. All these items are the same items inhibited >when the starter is cranking the motor. I can usually recover the lost items >by moving the ignition switch slightly towards the start position. I can >hear a relay clicking near my left knee. > >Anyone experienced a similar problem? I think it might be the electrical >contacts in the ignition switch or the relay that cuts power to accessories >during start. I would suspect the former, but the high load cutout while >running leaves me wondeing. > >Thanks in advance for any assistance. > >John > > >----------------------------------------------------- >John Vincent Lombardi >San Francisco, CA >----------------------------------------------------- Hi John, My guess is an ignition switch. I have seen many of these go bad in the NG900. The fact that you can play with the switch and change the situation, supports this diagnosis. The relays can be a problem (especially on a 94), but I have only seen one or two. The normal complaint on a relay problem is a no crank or crank, no start. To change the ignition switch, you will have to remove the center console parts and remove the shifter housing. If your car has an automatic, you can just roll the housing on it's side and get to the ignition switch. If your car has a manual trans, you will have to disconnect the shift linkage at the coupler under the hood and pull the complete assembly out of the inside of the car. Good luck, Steve Crowe ASE CMAT/L1, Saab Master Level Tech Frederck, MD

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