Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 08:24:10 -0500
From: Gavin Haslett <>
Subject: Re: 96 900SET with carbon buildup?

Thanks for the input! Here's my replies; Eric Law wrote: > 1: A lot of *really* short trips - like starting the car and running it > for 2 minutes to rearrange cars in the drive, etc. Not since I've owned the car... but OTOH I bought it used in the mid 50's mileage last year. > 2: Have you been naughty and not changed your oil? If so, it's possible > that deposits have built-up that are causing the piston rings to stick. Heh... nope... religious about that. Every 3-4000 miles depending on how much driving I do during a single week (can range from 100 miles to over 1000). Again, used car syndrome, but I know at least the car's been babied for the last 25000 miles or so :) > 3: Wrong spark plugs? Might want to check and make sure the correct ones > are fitted. That's a good point. When I bought the car I didn't know that the previous owner had put platinum spark plugs in it. I only found out at 70,000 miles when my ignition module blew out earlier this year. Nice $300 part broken by $11 worth of spark plugs!!! I've run the stock Bosch ever since then and plan to do so until the car withers to dust. I think your number 3 is probably the correct one; I don't know how long the previous owner ran platinums, but I've already figured the previous owner was an a**hole! According to the dealership I bought it from the car had never even been scratched as far as damage... but after a recent parking lot fender bender (while I was half a mile away from the car), the shop discovered frame damage that predated me buying the car. It also had an aftermarket bumper instead of a Saab one and one of the headlight mountings was cracked where you couldn't see it without removing the bumper. If I ever find the previous owner, I think I'll shoot him/her :)) -- Gavin Haslett "Ahhhh... Mountain Dew... nectar of the geeks!"

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