Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:07:07 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: push starting a C900?

Mike Deskevich wrote: > is there anything wierd about push starting a C900 (with a manual > transmission)? i had to go on a 2 week trip, and i knew the battery > was getting bad in my '87 C900, so i made sure to park my car facing > down hill at the parking garage just incase the battery didn't last the > 2 weeks of being parked. of course, when i get back to the car and try > to start it, nothing happens. so, i figured it would be no big deal, > i'd just coast down the hill and catch the car in gear, like i've done > a million other times in other cars. no luck! everytime time i popped > the clutch, the front wheels just screetched and the engine didn't turn > over. when i finally did find someone to give me a jump, the engine > turned over without issue, so it wasn't another problem or anything. > as i have come to find out, saabs are wierd cars, is there something > wierd that prevents them from being push started? (i had the key in > the on position, i was coasting at probably around 10 mph, tried it > with the shifter in both 1st and 2nd gear - like i said, i've done this > a million times in other cars without issue before) As others have said, you need a little bit of juice in the battery to power the electronics. But I don't think that was your problem in this case. You say "the front wheels jus screetched" - the simple answer is that you were using too low a gear - when roll-starting, 3rd gear is best bet. -- Grunff

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