Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 08:41:42 +0100
From: Charles Christacopoulos <>
Subject: Re: 99 9-5 Too Hot!

Oliver wrote: > Just as she came off the freeway at 50mph, there was a cloud of > smoke(steam) that flew up behind the car. She started to pull over, > but before she could stop, the engine quit. She was in the middle of > the ramp and some guys at a local gas station came to her rescue. > They put the car in neutral and rolled it down the hill to the > station where it was towed to a garage. > > Apparently, the Saab has a plug for drainage instead of a petcock > and no leaking was seen. A check of the driveway & garage supports > this. This is why the catastrophic failure of the plug blowing out > seems plausable. > > The plug has been replaced, the car started and driven a few 100 > feet, but no power seems to imply no compression. This could be > either gaskets or rings. I'm hoping its gaskets. > > I will know on Tuesday. I will replace the engine (found one in > Houston from a 2001 with 30K miles) or have the gaskets replaced. If > it is easy to check the gaskets, I'll do that first. > > > Thanks for the responses If the engine got *HOT* the head will be warped. It will need to be taken to a machine shop and have it resurfaced before you refit it on the engine. Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply. Work: Hobby:

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