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Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 12:00:28 +0200
From: "Pros Mortier" <>
Subject: Re: New Owner Saab 900

Eric <> schreef in berichtnieuws > Last night a friend of mine gave me a white 87' 900s non-turbo 5spd > manual. > The car is in wonderful shape and very clean. > It has 147,000 miles on it. Be careful! It's still in the break-in period... isn't it, Thompson? ;-) > The cars seems to have a few bugs so far that I noticed on the drive > home to my house. I plan on spending some time to bring the car back to > proper order. I have mechanical knowledge, but know nothing about Saabs. > I would like to hear some opinions from people who know these cars well > and know some of the common problems they have, to make troubleshooting > the problems a little easier. > > Here are some things I noticed: > > 1)Radio and A/C contol unit has no power or illumination. The A/C > compressor switch is also not working and will not engage the > compressor. Basically everything in this area has no power. Check the fuses first... >Also the temp control is not changing from cold to warm. What doy you mean by this? The button will not turn, or you don't get any hot air? IF you can't get hot air out of your heating system, your engine cooling system may be low on liquid. Very bad for the engine!!! > 2) Temp gauge bounces intermittent. and odometer does not work. These could be faulty connections. I don't know about the right hand drive models (if you are in the UK), but for the LHD models there is a whole string of wires connected to the chassis traverse just behind the radiator, on the right side of the traverse. Check those for faulty connections. These have caused some similar troubles on my 900. For the odometer: remove the speaker above on the dash, and check if the cable is connected correctly. > 3) rattle/popping noise in right front over bumps > Thats all I have noticed so far, I have only had the car a few hours > now. Maybe the mounting rubbers from the shock absorber are gone... > I am soon planning on replacing the spark plugs, wires, cap / rotor, > thermostat, and radiator. What are the best brands to use for these > items listed. What you should do FIRST is to check the levels of engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, gearbox oil, and replace the engine oil and -filter. If your engine is running now, the spark plugs can't be that bad. If you're low on oil however, you may not even get to replace the plugs... And in general, you can give those engines a real workout, but make sure it is at full operating temp. Enjoy the "Saab feeling" -- Pros (1988 900 T8 jubilee) ____________________________________________ A collision at sea can ruin your entire day. ____________________________________________

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