Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 22:51:39 GMT
From: Ken Washington <kenwashinopsamhlink.net>
Subject: Re: saab 9000 air conditioning / fan problem


Robert, I have looked in my Haynes manual, which ironically has a photo of the underhood area a 94 9000CSE on page 1*3. When you had your 88 9000, was it the serpentine belt of A/C belt that shredded, when the compressor seized? On my 87 9000S it was just the A/C belt that went bad. Since you cannot turn the climate control off on the 87, I removed the belt until I could get it fixed. The power plug for the compressor on mine was located on the side or top. It is just two wires that are in a protected plug that will pull apart. If you are worried about shredding your serpentine belt, I would careful, but based on what you describe, if the climate control is off, you may be okay. As for your A/C compressor. Some of the ones Saab used have to be completely replaced if, the A/C clutch goes out. On www.saabnet.com, some have talked about replacing the clutch, which is cheaper. Either way, you will have to have your system evacuated and tested before it is recharged. You should replace the rec/dryer and evap coil too. Good luck...Unfortunately the later model 9000s cost more to fix and are more complex...So much for progress. Ken Washington 87 9000S 87 900S 83 900T

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