Date: 11 May 2002 08:29:04 -0700
From: (Robert Adams)
Subject: Re: saab 9000 air conditioning / fan problem

Ken Washington <> wrote in message news:<>... > You need to give the year for your 9000. I have an 87 9000S, 2.0L. Both > turbo and S models used a separate A/C compressor belt, until the 9000 > switched over to the 2.3L engine. On the later models, one belt drives > all. It sounds as if your A/C clutch went bad. If your's has the 2.OL > engine with two belts, remove the A/C compressor belt and disconnect the > power plug for your compressor. It is not hard to find on the > compressor. If you have a later model, you still need to disconnect the > A/C compressor power plug. If the A/C pulley will not turn freely, you > have a problem. I had to go through this drill with my 87 9000S in 1998. > I had to replace my compressor. I went with a remanufactured unit, and > my Saab indy installed it with a new rec/dryer and evap coil. The whole > thing cost me about $700. I stayed with the R-12. That was about 70,000 > miles ago. Mine is still going strong. > > Ken Washington > 87 9000S > 87 900S > 83 900T Thanks for answering. I was kind of hoping for an answer that featured a smaller $ number in front of the zeros. I have a 94 9000 2.3 with one belt. Not sure I see what would be the power plug, but I did drive it (perhaps poor judgement) with the climate control off (and therefore the a/c and fan off). I drove about ten miles checking under the hood a couple of times, with no burning belt smell or other indication of anything else being amiss (the noise I've heard a couple times before this drive sounds more metallic than belt-like). When I returned, I tried turning on the climate control auto button and the engine died. From previous a/c compressor experience (88 9000 with two belts) I know that when the compressor seized, the belt shredded. Now I'm wondering if I am risking having that happen by driving, if the compressor is malfunctioning but hasn't fully seized up (yet!). Based on my insufficient knowledge I can't see how this would all relate, but it seems odd to have this happen the day after getting a new thermostat put in.

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