Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 21:50:12 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Re: push starting a C900?

On 20 Jul 2005 11:37:54 -0700, "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) > >mike I don't know about the C900, but my 9-3 seems to have a very short first gear. I can well imagine the wheels slipping if I tried bump-starting it in first. Second should be okay, or even third if you have a decent hill. Cheers, Colin

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