Date: 5 Sep 2004 15:27:40 -0700 From: appleshineusnospamo.com (Oliver) Subject: Re: 99 9-5 Too Hot!
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