Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 09:03:27 -0500
From: ma_twain <>
Subject: Re: '86 900 starter problem/questions

Dave Hinz wrote: > I've got an '86 Saab 900, normally aspirated. In the last week, > 3 times now, the starter has failed to turn over the engine when I > turn the key. First time, I let it sit for a few minutes and tried > again, and it fired right up. Second time, I was able to roll-start it > (I parked on a hill) and it started right up, no hesitation at all. > So, I don't think it's a battery issue. Third time is this morning and > it's resting comfortably in front of the garage, waiting for me to come > home. I would not rule out a battery problem. The easiest way to confirm this is to try starting the car with a good battery. If it starts with the good battery , but not with the one in the car - then you have your answer. Just beware, you may have multiple electrical problem. > > So, I don't think it's a battery issue, or it wouldn't have push-started > so easily, right? or, not? I'm getting the relay "click" and the fuel > pump does come on for the second or so, so I think that means my ignition > switch is OK, yes? > > What I think this leaves as a possibility is the solenoid on the starter > itself. Does this sound logical? If so, is the H-engine starter the > same as the B-engine starter? Those, I have a few of, the H-engine type > of course I don't. > > Thanks for any suggestions, > Dave Hinz > >

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