Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 15:21:57 +1000 (EST)
From: Craig's C900 Workshop <>
Subject: [Saab_c900] where is the ignition control unit on my 1983 900S?

My 1983 900S should, going on the Bentley manual, be fitted with an electronic ignition control unit mounted near the wheel well in the left side fender cavity (where it is in my 1985 900i), but it's not there! The manufacturing plate on the car says it was actually built in the factory in Sep 1982 but it's compliance plate is marked March 1983, if that matters. Anyway, I've looked and looked and I can't trace where the two wires from the coil run to. I've removed the fuse block to check under it and there are wires which match the colours of the wires from the coil but they connect to the headlight relay! I think I'm looking at the wrong pair of wires under the fuse block. 8-) The mounting points where the ignition control unit should be have never had anything attached to them as the paint is undamaged. I'm trying to work out why my car will not start properly when the key is first turned to 'start', but if I release the key, turn it back to off, then turn it to start again, it will fire properly. I think it's the fuel system (possible the fuel accumulator not holding pressure in the line after the car was switched off last, or the fuel pressure regulator being faulty) but I've been trying to work out where all the ignition components are located just so I know. I'll put the distributor cap back on in a moment and try some of the other checks that the Bentley manual talks about... BTW, the distributor does not have the same electrical connector on the side as does the one in my 1985 900i, so I am assuming that the car does not have hall-effect ignition control and has conventional points instead (which contradicts the Bentley manual). Still, being a car build after mid-1982 it should have electronic ignition control (which the book says existed in cars build from 1981 on). Any advice on where to look if the control unit isn't where it should be? Were Saab 900's imported into Australia different in terms of ignition system configuration to those imported into the USA in the early to mid 1980's? Regards, Craig. -- Craig's Saab Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's C900 Workshop -- For all Saab 'Classic' 900 Enthusiasts world-wide! Website --> Email --> Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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