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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2006 16:13:13 -0000
From: "Pidgeonpost" <>
Subject: Re: Saab '89 9000s electrical (only fires with low battery)

"Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message news:evQLf.37462$ >I can't speak for the rest of the group, but lack of DI makes it harder for >me to provide suggestions. The last car with a distributor that I worked >on also had points and condenser (pre electronic ignition). Age makes >recollection of those experiences somewhat vague. > > > "backwatereddy via" <u19074nospamgt; wrote in message > news:5c632ee06d866nospam.. >> Thanks, I'm learning stuff. You're right, it does not have DI. Does this >> make >> troubleshooting harder or easier? >> >> >> Walt Kienzle wrote: >>>DI=Direct Ignition. If your motor has spark plug wires and a >>>distributor, >>>it doesn't have DI. >>> >>>I thought DI was introduced in early the 1990's, so you probably don't >>>have >>>it. >>> >>>Walt Kienzle >>>1991 9000T >>> >>>> We have just exposed my ignorance. What is DI? >>>> >>>>>does your car have DI? >> >> -- >> Message posted via > > ....the nice thing about diagnosing problems on DI, is that all you have to do is to replace the DI cassette with a known good one, if only temporarily, to see if that's the problem. With conventional coil/distributor ignition you have to work your way through coil, HT leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, spark plugs etc trying to nail the fault. Having said that, it's probably cheaper to replace all the conventional components than it is to replace the DI cassette with a new one!

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