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Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 08:33:38 -0000
From: "Peter Thompson" <>
Subject: Battery and power steering

Hi, I recently recharged my battery on my 1985 900i and on driving it first time afterwards I noticed that the power steering was a lot lighter and more responsive after having slowly deteriorated over the past six months. Are the two connected? I struck me that it would make sense to have the power steering powered by the battery so that it continued to work after an engine cut out - a fact recently brought home to me when the engine cut at low revs and I lost most of the steering. When I contacted my mechanic about the engine cutting out at low revs his first question was 'did you check the oil recently?' I replied in the affirmative and he said I should check the oil dipstick because if it is not firmly seated then crankcase pressure is lost and the engine will die at low revs! I have never heard of such a thing before - is it unique to Saabs or do other engines suffer from this? I should add that reseating the dipstick worked! best, Pete -- Peter Thompson Computer Manager Emmanuel College Cambridge UK

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