Date: 2 Apr 2004 14:25:43 -0800
From: (Dave)
Subject: 1987 Saab 9000 - oil light and engine noise

I have a 1987 Saab 9000 Turbo. The car ran great up until a couple weeks ago. One morning after I started the car I noticed a slight noise. After driving a couple blocks the noise got much louder and I noticed the oil light was on, so I immediately pulled the car over. After researching the symptoms online I read a common problem w/ the 9000 series is the oil pickup tubes. Since I was overdue for an oil change I assumed this was the problem. I took a long shot and ran some engine flush though the car. The engine flush did not help at all. I took the cam cover off to see if anything was bent. Everything looked fine. However I noticed very little oil coming out of the valves. A friend of mine told me the oil should really fly when I revved the car. I saw almost none. Another guy asked me the following. Did you check for debris in oil overpressure relief valve on bottom of cam timing cover near oil pump to see if something was holding it open? Can you guys offer any insight into the problem? If it is an easy fix, I would like to keep the car. I really can afford to get it fixed. The mechanic will charge more than the car is worth. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,

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