Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 21:35:49 -0400
From: "saabturbo" <>
Subject: Re: 84 900 t getting toooo hot

Take care of this problem ASAP! Or your car will be doomed - blown head gasket, and possibly a warped head from the overheat condition. Been there, done that. I'd change the thermostat first (about $15 even from the dealer, and get the lower temp one as well), but my guess is if you have heat then that is working. After the car is up to temperature check the return (upper radiator) hose to see if it is hot. If it is, again, your thermostat is probably fine. Most likely it is a clogged radiator. You can get a radiator fairly cheap here: I would have sent you the link right to it but I didn't know if you were the 8-valve or 16-valve. I think it's about $100 for a radiator, and the last time I bought one here it came with the fan switch thermostat as well. It is fairly simple to replace for the backyarder. Heck, you can even order up a couple of gallons of the real Saab antifreeze with the radiator. I'd fix this now, and don't take a chance with a serious overheat - it happens fast and when you least expect it! Hope this helps. "darkpoter" <> wrote in message news:Qg4Ia.27$ > > This car is teatering on the edge of non existance. ie i don't want to put > much money into it. > > Thanks for the suggestions... They wll help me in trouble shooting where > the true issue is. > > Matt > "MH" <> wrote in message > news:bcqcek$93p$ > > Good afternoon. > > that all depends on when & where you read this... > > > I have an 84 900 turbo which is getting way way too hot in > traffic/highway, > > it was ok in the winter, but now that the summer heat is comming, its > going > > past 2/3 of the way up (i would say 3/4) > > A healthy car should have no problem with summer or stop & go traffic. If it > starts overheating, it is a symptom of something going wrong in the system; > - not enough coolant in the system > - radiator clogged with rust - backflush or replace it > - radiator loosing capacity because the zig-zag copper foil between the > channels is disintegrating - replace radiator > - thermostat not opening properly - replace it > - water pump loosing capacity due to internal corrosion - rebuild/replace > - leaking head gasket or cracked head - do a compression test > > Taking out the thermostat or mounting another fan is just fighting the > symptoms, not curing any problem. > ------------------------------------------- > MH > '72 97 '77 96 '78 95 '79 96 > > > > >

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