Date: 26 Nov 2002 15:41:36 GMT
Subject: Re: 9000 won't start, update

Someone who looks an awful lot like Grand Poobah <> wrote: > well, the saab man today says its a head gasket job and that cylinder #1 is > definately "losing pressure", this is after I took it in for hard starting > problems. > I'd like to take it for a second opinion somewhere else, what do you guys > recommend/think? Well, you presumably do have low compression in #1, but I'm not clear on how he has decided that it's a head gasket and not, say, a valve problem. Chances are very good, though, that it's head related; at that low of a mileage, rings won't be suspect by any means, so unless they find some obvious defect in the bore or piston when they have the head off, you're probably dealing with the right area of the engine. Further, if it was a worn-out engine (which it wouldn't be at that low mileage), it'd be more likely that all cyl's would be degraded, rather than just #1. So...yeah, sounds like the head has to come off, but I'm not convinced that the head gasket would be the only problem. In any case, I definately agree that you don't want to put too many miles on it in this condition - if the gasket *is* leaking, the head may start eroding where the leak is, and then you're replacing more than just the gasket. Let us know what you find out please. Dave Hinz

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