Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 20:42:29 GMT
From: John B <>
Subject: Re: cold issues, and maybe rumbling?

Thanks for the reply. I guess I'll take a shot at replacing the starter solenoid when it gets warm out. This car is not a turbo, btw. And I'll keep the inner drivers in mind as a possible culprit. I take it you don't think it's an engine mount problem. John On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 16:04:45 GMT, Dave <> wrote: > > "John B" <> wrote in message > >> >> >> 1. starter noise >> > > Your starter solenoid which engages the starter gear is getting weak, and > the cold temperatures exacerbate the problem by adding friction in the form > of cold lubricant. You should not let it grind too much as it will wear > down the gear on the engine that the starter fits into which is much much > much harder to replace than your starter. Unfortunately the engineers at > Saab made removing the starter from the 900 nearly friggin' impossible for > the average shade-tree mechanic. Good luck. > >> 2. whining >> >> > Could be lots of things, wouldn't worry about it unless there are other > symptoms. Try starting the car with the hood open and see if you can > pinpoint where the sound is coming from. BTW, is the engine a Turbo > >> 3. rumbling >> >> > Have all four wheels balanced and tie-rods and ball joints checked for play > if you have not done so. A common maintenance issue for higher-mileage > 900's is replacement of the inner drivers. Symptoms are usually rumbling or > shuddering when the car is under load while turning. So find a steep hill > with a curve and test it out... The inner drivers are cup-shaped deals that > your wheel driveshafts fit into on the engine side, it's not that huge an > undertaking for a (competent Saab-savvy) mechanic to replace. >

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