Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 14:09:26 -0700
From: "John Weiss" <jrweissnopsamet*NOSPAM*.com>
Subject: Re: Problems with my '84 900S

I had similar electrical symptoms on my '82 when a cell in the battery went bad. As for the "morning sickness," it's typical of a bad steering rack, common on that vintage. Air filter: every 30,000 miles. -- John R. Weiss Seattle, WA Remove *NOSPAM* from address for e-mail reply Scott I. Remick <> wrote in message > - On occasion, the starter won't turn. I will have lights and > everything, and when I turn the key I'll hear a buzzing from the area > around the air filter and the relay in the small relay box will start > clicking. But absolutely no sound from the starter. The starter isn't > the problem, as I've tried 3 different ones (orig, and 2 new/rebuilt). > I'd almost say it seems to happen on hot days but don't run too far with > that quite yet. Any thoughts? I'm not beyond running around with a > multimeter in my car for when it fails but I'm not sure what to look for. > > - If the car has been sitting for a few hours, and it starts up, it > doesn't like to stay running at first. It will idle rough, and often > stall just after a few seconds. If you touch the gas during this period, > it will threaten to stall instantly. Gradually it improves, idling bad > with the tach needle bouncing up and down while the engine tries to keep > idling. After a few minutes, once the engine warms up, it's fine. > > - Often there is a fuel smell inside the vehicle after starting the car, > more so when I've had the rough-start problem mentioned above. It goes > away after a few minutes. > > - Speaking of air filters... how does one change them? I have a Haynes > manual, but it's not clear on this. > > - I have a power steering fluid leak, somewhere on the driver's side. > Having trouble tracking it down. What do I look for? Trying to keep on > top of it but... how hard is it on the parts when your fluid runs out? > > - Unrelated to the power-steering fluid leak problem above (because it's > existed long before)... if I try steering while not moving or going very > slow (like in a parking lot), the steering is VERY stiff. It will feel > like it catches and gives a bit (stiff-give-stiff-give over and over as > you turn the wheel), and I'll have to put a lot of weight into the wheel. > What could be causing this?

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