Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 21:45:18 GMT From: C Rode <crodenopsamdnet.att.net> Subject: Sparkplug replacement on 96 900 SET?
I have a 96 900 SE Turbo. Recently, the car began missing during accelleration. Yesterday, it was running really rough, even at idle. As I was driving home, the "Check Engine" (CE) light came on, and then it started flashing off and on. Naturally, I was concerned, but just as naturally, I was in the middle of nowhere. After about five minutes, the CE light stopped flashing, but remained illuminated. Today, the light is still on, but the engine is running just fine. A check of the owner's manual states that the CE light could indicate either dirty plugs or fuel injectors. So, I've filled up with super premium (at a$1.74 a gallon, thank you very much), poured a bottle of STP injector cleaner into the tank, and stopped at the local auto parts emporium for some new plugs. Now, I used to be a shade tree mechanic, but my car used to have a carbuerator, a distributer, and sparkplug wires. Knowing that this car has none of those, I suspect the big red thing on the top of the engine (Direct Ignition Whatchamacallit) covers the access to the plugs. However, I'd hate to remove it and find the equivalent of the inside of a discarded PDP-11. Suspiciously, the owner's manual makes no comment about changing plugs, except that it be part of the standard maintenance. I'd like to put the $8 worth of plugs in myself, if that's possible. So, the question is: Is there more to this than meets the eye? Do you need a PhD in Saabology to change the plugs on this critter, or should I remove the red cover, gap the plugs, replace them, and be merrily on my way? I appreciate all responses. Craig