Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 02:24:21 -0800
From: "_Al_" <al010101nopsamcom>
Subject: Re: This week's Saab puzzler

as already said, low battery power = chewing your fingernails as you drive hoping it stays alive.... this happens on most cars, be glad the saab's don't have digital dashes, one of my other cars, '86 cavalier convert. has all digital, man once that battery got low, all guages went out, engine had no power (well it really has no power to begin with), and it was truely a crappy ride home. Al "Bill Jackson" <> wrote in message news:a1_Qb.21317$ > My 86 9000 did something similar when it wouldn't charge up. > > The Saabs start to shut down "un necessary" stuff when the battery is going > further and further dead. Radio, heating system, etc, etc. It's goal is to > keep the engine running. > > Bet that's what happened to you, but I cant' be sure since mine was a Std > shift so I wouldn't have seen the Auto back down. > > "Kenneth S." <> wrote in message > > > THE CAR: a 1996 900SE, with 88,000 miles. > > > > THE PROBLEM: after three years of starting reliably, including after a > > week left at an airport, during which time there was a foot of snow, in > > the current East Coast cold spell, the car refuses to start. My > > diagnosis: the battery needs to be replaced. After all, I've owned the > > car for three years, and the battery is the one that was in it when I > > bought the car. It's a Saab battery -- is it conceivable that it is the > > ORIGINAL battery? So I get a jump-start from my neighbor, and drive > > into work. The car then spends the day in an underground garage, but > > won't start in the evening. Get another jump-start from one of my > > colleagues, and then drive home. > > > > THE MYSTERY: While driving home, the car -- which is an automatic -- > > won't change up into the appropriate gear. At about 50 mph it's running > > at 4,000 RPM, and when it finally does change up, it does so with a > > major jerk. I'm dismayed, thinking that not only do I need a new > > battery, but some kind of (possibly very expensive) unrelated > > transmission problem has developed. So, today (Saturday), I get another > > jump start from my neighbor, drive to the local NTB, and have them > > install a new battery. I anticipate that, when the car will start > > reliably, I'll address the transmission problem. But, when I pick up > > the car, the transmission problem HAS DISAPPEARED! The car runs > > smoothly, and shifts appropriately. > > > > THE QUESTION; Why? Why would having a bad battery affect the > > transmission, and why would putting in a new battery fix the problem? > > Is this something that's peculiar to Saabs? > >

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