Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 17:38:00 +0100
From: "Richard NL" <rootnospamlhost>
Subject: Re: '88 900S head gasket?


"James Sweet" <jamessweetnospamail.com> wrote in message news:8KlBf.30250$jd5.2037nospamdc02... > The car is an '88 900S 16V, my girlfriend was driving and said it > started to overheat today while sitting in traffic but didn't get up > into the red and went down when the car was moving at a decent speed. > Tonight I checked the coolant and discovered it a bit low, added about a > quart and checked it out, car seemed to be running just fine. Checked > the oil and uh-oh, white milky crap on the dipstick. Am I right to > assume the head gasket has blown or is there anything else on these cars > that's likely to cause that symptom? Are there any tricks or tips I > should know before digging into this? I've done a number of head gaskets > before but never on a Saab. Do I need to replace the head bolts or any > other parts or should I just get a top end gasket set and replace > anything I disturb? Hi James, > the oil and uh-oh, white milky crap on the dipstick. Am I right to > assume the head gasket has blown or is there anything else on these cars > that's likely to cause that symptom? Are there any tricks or tips I FWIW: I had some of that once, but only just under the cap on the dipstick. Started to worry, but couldnt find anything wrong. When I noticed it it was winter, and quite cold. Might have been condensation inside the filler tube, over quite a long time. Changed the oil, cleaned it all, checked some more, found nothing, and have never seen it again. Ries.

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