Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 08:10:07 -0500
From: kai-mingnopsamlear.com (Kai-ming Mei)
Subject: Re: should we buy an '86 saab?


As to can you install a check valve??? I ask you why not? Saab would do the same thing, if they couldn't get fuel pums with check valves. Here's another idea... run a switch for the fuel pump (momentary type) and press it down to prime the fuel before you start. This could be a safety issue if the switch got pressed down or the wire got crimped to ground in an accident when the pump is supposed to be shut off. A small, but potenially serious hazard. If you spend $100 every mo on repairing, maintaining your car, this is cheaper than any car note. How can that be not worth it? I'd look into getting a new mechanic. It's not like you need to buy a new engine or have $2000 worth of body work done. It is almost always better and cheaper to take care of the car you have and maintain it as well as you can. > >My 86 900 has a manual and is going strong at 180,000 miles, once you get > it > >started. This raise a question on my part. My mechanic told me the car was > not > >worth fixing anymore. The check valve in the fuel pump is not working and > a new > >fuel pump would be $350 for parts alone. This may not solve the problem > >completely, he said I might also need an accumulator at $200. Can I put an > >external check valve on the fuel line after the pump or do I need to get > another > >pump? Any ideas? > > > >If this car is truely not worth fixing I have the complete set of shop > manuals, > >set of snow tires on steel rims with hubcaps and a brake tool to sell. If > there > >are any Recaro fanatics I also have a driver side Recaro LS with Saab 900 > >adapters. > > > >Greg Pencheff wrote: > > > >> My daughter is interested in buying a 1986 saab from a classmate at > college. > >> 120,000 miles, appears to be in decent shape, no visible rust. Daughter > >> rode along on a short test drive. She noticed the transmission slipped > very > >> briefly going up a hill and once going around a corner. The current > owner > >> said that only happens once or twice in the first 10 to 20 minutes of > >> driving. Current owner has been driving car back and forth between New > York > >> and Baltimore without incident. > >> > >> What could be causing this intermittent tranny slippage? Is it a sign > that > >> something worse is about to happen? Would we be fools to pay $700 for > this > >> car? Any input would be appreciated? > >> > >> Greg Pencheff > >> pencheffnopsamnews.infi.net > >

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