Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 07:22:43 GMT
From: Heikki Mastokangas <>
Subject: Trouble with accelerator and stalling.

Hello, I have SAAB 900C '89 and it has now started to develope problem with stalling and accelerator. First about the accelerator, it has now got stuck couple of times to certain position but not permanently. Mostly it comes loose slowly by itself or immediately when tapping the pedal. The pedal feels loose when stuck so I think it is just dirt inside the accelerator, am I right? Some repair was done couple of times before by a professional repair man and me to the air tube that carries the air for the accelerator. There is a possibility that something went inside the accelerator when the air tube was removed for the first time. Is it hard to open and clean the accelerator by myself?? Second question is about stalling and I think the problem is either with battery or the battery charger. I took a long ride (140km) with some fast driving (120km/h) and when I arrived the location car suddenly started to feel heavy driving (nothing special about the engine heats, stayed at the normali levels). First I slowed down to reach city limits and when I had to speed up again it started to feel like my car was slowing down, almost dying. When I stopped to lights it stalled and died, started again and it run fine for a few blocks and died again.. I had to use choke to keep the rpm fast enough (not much) not to stall and die. I have read that this could be a heating up problem with gas pump, but could it be just that the battery is poor or the battery charger is not giving enough power to run the engine? When I returned from the city after slow driving these problems vanished but the accelerator got stuck.. I started to have this problem when I pushed the accelerator pedal further than before for a long time so I belive there was some dirt that is now moving around the accelerator. Otherwise the car is working perfectly.. Is there possibly something I can do by myself? I could take my car to a professional but I have so little time and I need my car every day. So I thought to ask if there is something I can do without "high risk" by myself :) H. Mastokangas

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