Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 00:46:27 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: 99 9-5 Too Hot!

Oliver wrote: > > My daughters 99 9-5 lost the plug in the radiator along with all the > antifreeze. The car got very hot before she found a place to pull > over. Now that the plug has been replaced, it is hard to start and > does not have much power. > > This is my first experience with a Saab so I don't know what to > expect. > > Is this a known failure, losing the radiator plug? > > What normally happens in this case, blown head gaskets? warped > heads? de-tensioned rings? > > I need to decide whether to look for a replacement engine right > away, or have the engine tore down to inspect for damages. > > Any insight would be appreciated. I don't see how it can suddenly loose the radiator plug. If there was a leakage, it would gradually loose water; this should have been picked up by regularly checking the cooling level. Has the radiator been worked on recently? It could be a blown head gasket if you're lucky. But it doesn't sound too good. The car should never have been driven for any length in this condition.

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