Date: 20 Jul 2005 11:37:54 -0700
From: "Mike Deskevich" <>
Subject: push starting a C900?

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

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