Date: 5 Nov 2001 12:39:17 -0800
From: (Brian Yohn)
Subject: Re: Straining engine noise and dimming lights on startup wrote in message news:<>... > On 4 Nov 2001 17:27:42 -0800, (Brian Yohn) wrote: > > >I have a 1995 900S 2.3l where the engine sounds as though it is > >straining every 20 to 30 seconds for the first few minutes after > >startup. While making this straining noise, the headlights and dash > >dim slightly. This has been happening for a few months, and goes away > >after the engine has been running for a few minutes. Has anyone else > >seen a similar problem or know what the cause would be? Thanks in > >advance. > > > >Brian > > I'm not quite sure what you mean by "straining"? > But if you mean the engine starts running rough, I think it's > proberbly the main power relay. > They're not expensive, check to see if there's any corrosion around > the terminals, if there is clean them up, also check the inside of > fusebox to see if there's any condensation/wet, give it a blast with > the hair dryer if there is. I am not sure how to best describe the sound... I suppose rough would be a good way to characterize it. Also, the RPMs dip slightly for a few seconds as it makes that sound. I'll check out the terminals and fusebox tonight. By the way, I have 146,000 miles on the car.

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