Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 14:59:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Suggestions re. overheated engine

anyone that would give you a diagnosis of engine replacement before even pulling the head is not someone that you want working on your car. there are several test that can be run to determine if in fact the head gasket is blown. my 9000 blew the head gasket and i had it fixed, i trust my mechanic. when the head was pulled i inspected it. it was sent out for testing and found to be intact and flat. the car had 150k miles at the time. my mechanic pointed out a chip on the piston above one of the rings, he told me the car wouldn't make it long if we didn't fix it. i trust the guy but an willing to take a few chances so i had him put the car back together with a fresh head gasket. that was 23 thousand miles ago and she still runs fine. when the head gasket blew i continued to drive the car and ran it very hot. i got luck. do what you want but don't take it to a factory saab dealer for repairs unless you are prepaired for the worst that they can convice you is wrong. i use an independent saab mechanic who knows that i'd kick his ass and burn down his building if he did me wrong and got caught. s Woolf wrote: > I agree with Larry > > JW > > "Larry Palmer" <> wrote in message > news:PsKn7.2282$ > > I would certainly get another opinion. Most times all that is needed is a > > new gasket and the head resurfaced. Saab engine blocks are very good and > > you would have had to drive for some time while overheated to damage the > > block. > > > > Larry > > > > "Robin Moore" <> wrote in message > > > > > Last week the water pump on my 92 900 (normally aspirated) blew and the > > > engine overheated. It happened on the highway and we stopped quickly, > > > but it appears that the head gasket blew and the head is likely warped. > > > > > > My mechanic says that it is unlikely that the engine / head can be saved > > > and recommends a replacement engine. > > > > > > > > >

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