Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003 14:41:52 -0000
From: "Jez" <>
Subject: Faulty alternator connection or a nuance of Saabs?

Hi, any opinions on this would be great: I've just had a vehicle recovery man jump start my 1988 Saab 9000 and then quickly take a charge rate reading which showed the battery not being charged. I made a 'phone call and when I returned he said that he had put his hand down the back and nudged the alternator and was now getting a charge reading. He therefore surmised that there is a loose wire to the alternator. I then drove to my local garage and told them about it, but one of the mechanics said that Saabs of about that age don't charge their batteries for the first few minutes, and that this is probably what has happened. He said he's no idea why they're like that, nor even whether they all do it, just that he's come across it a few times. Anyone got any experience or knowledge of this? Thanks, Jez

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