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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 11:55:46 -0500
From: Chris Ault <>
Subject: Re: No high beams on 1987 9000

Yes, this is the same problem that I solved about 5 years ago on my '87 9000 turbo. I first tried fiberglass epoxy to reshape the white nylon wheel, that lasted <24hours. I then found what you describe, an epoxy. A paste which I could shape to square then sand to perfection. I sold the car last month with the switch still working. Every time I flipped highs on I smiled inside at the $5 fix to a $250 problem. (a much more thorough description of this solution is hanging around in the postings of The Saab Network under my name, don't recall the date) The "highs-not-working" is not the relay. Pull the little box off the back of the switch from the column and reshape the white nylon square wheel. It's a simple job with very pleasing results. As I recall, I have some spare parts from ths area - e-mail if you're interested. -chris Grunff wrote: > > Walt Kienzle wrote: > > I don't know how much help I can offer, but I heard that there is a > > mechanical linkage that actuates the switch that sometimes wears out. > > Before you spend the $250 for a new switch, I recommend that you take off > > the steering column shroud too see if a repair can be made for less money -- > > or at least make sure that is the correct part. > > Not a linkage as such, it's a 4 pointed nylon cam. It melts > because of the high temperature of the contacts. > > I've tried repairing it by building it up with metal doped > epoxy, and it did work for a couple of weeks, but then the epoxy > dropped off :-( > > -- > Grunff

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