Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 01:43:05 +0100
From: Charles Christacopoulos <>
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. Sorry to hear the bad news. Start with a compression test. That should show if there is a blown headgasket and therefore low compression, which would explain explain both the sumptoms you describe. I hope I am wrong. Regards Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply. Work: Hobby:

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