Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 17:39:59 -0700
From: "Stephen P. Goodman" <>
Subject: Re: Overheating '86 900S - very strange....

I've got a troublesome 88 900s coupe that normally runs in the 1/2 to 3/4 range of the temperature gauge. I'm told via this newsgroup that this is NORMAL. This behavior, once I saw it as such, is after all fairly consistent. In addition, despite what would be normal logic in ANY other car in the known universe, the a/c and regular fans - not even on hot - actually seem to help ventilate the heat just as well as having one's heater on full defrost (so to avoid cooking oneself below the shoulders). The well-known logic of putting the heater on and blowing off the residual heat just had to be put on the back shelf, mentally. Ah, Saab. Stephen Goodman * The free Loop of the Week! EarthLight Productions * "BobR" <> wrote in message > I've had cars overheat before and one thing you can always depend on to > cool them down like right now is a pleasant drive down the highway at > 85. > > But this time all it did was cause the temp to keep *rising* almost into > the red(!), and only by heading for the exit and getting into 25 mph > traffic was I able to bring the temp down. The exact opposite of every > overheating situation I've ever encountered, but Saabs are a bit > unusual, so this isn't all that surprising <g>. > > Really comes down if I park it and leave it idling with the A/C on full > blast. Maybe because both fans kick on and run constantly(?). > > Has not gone all the way into the red so far, so there's been no actual > boiling over, and the gauge seems to be working consistently, so I don't > suspect it. > > If it means anything, I know my heater control valve is bad because I'm > always getting some heat out of the side vents with the control turned > off. I was meaning to get to it, but got sidetracked replacing the > blower motor in my Volvo 240 (and that requires a recuperation period > before diving into any more fun projects). > > Anybody have any ideas?

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