Date: 10 Mar 2005 17:56:08 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: '86 900 starter problem/questions

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:30:17 +0000, Grunff <> wrote: > 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. >> >> So, I don't think it's a battery issue, or it wouldn't have push-started >> so easily, right? > > Or the ignition switch? Not sure yet. >> 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? > > The last 'sprung' portion of ignition switch travel just engages the > solenoid - are you saying the solenoid clicks every time? _something_ clicks. It's not a "clunk" or a "clack" though, just a relay-sounding click and then the fuel pump hum. So switch maybe? >> What I think this leaves as a possibility is the solenoid on the starter >> itself. Does this sound logical? > > It does; it's either that or the ignition switch. Which is less of a PITA to check? >> 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. > > Hmm, good question. They are similar, that's for sure - but whether they > are the same I'm afraid I can't remember. I'll report my findings here, of course. Dave Hinz

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