Date: 5 Aug 2005 10:17:44 -0700
From: "seattlejay" <>
Subject: Re: 2001 9-3 starter problems

Thanks Papa. I actually did leave the car with them, and the service manager did take it home overnight. But because the problem is so intermittent, he wasn't able to re-create it. It's frustrating because when it happens next time, I'll bring it in and they won't be able to re-create it then either. As I mentioned, it's only happened four times in the last eight months. So it's hard to re-create. I've been reading some other Saab sites and my problem sounds similar to one I've seen described elsewhere. The problem in that case was a failure of a check valve located in the top of the fuel pump. Evidently, the check valve in the fuel line stuck open causing lack of fuel pressure. And the problem occured after the car had been sitting for a while or overnight. The fuel pressure leaked down causing the fuel pump to have to work very hard to push the fuel from the tank to the fuel rail. They say it's similar to vapor lock but not quite. The solution, in that case, was to replace the fuel pump check valve. Does that sound like it could be the problem here? Thanks again for the help.

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