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Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 21:11:44 -0400
From: "Jimbo2" <>
Subject: Re: Replacing an engine in 1999 Saab

Dave, thankyou for the pictures as to how you raised the car. It looks like you had it raised about 20" and you felt 2 more layers would give about 28". So I figure 30" should do it for me, will let you know. I was pulling a hill (6% grade approx.) on a cool day (temp gauge never got above normal) as I crested the hill I reengaged the cruse, as the car picked up speed down the grade the engine raced 4500 RPM max (down shifting I guessed)before I hit the brake taking it out of cruse. The engine quickly died while coasting about 65 mph in Drive. I put it in netural and restarted the engine. Engine coughed and died again SID indicated low coolant. Coasted to a stop and tried again after finding coolant splashed all over the fill tank area, same results only this time it started smoking real bad. I checked compression, cyl. #2 had near 0 psi, remove head & found molten metal splatered all thru the cyl. including the head and valves, enough of the piston edge burnt that I could see the first burnt compression ring. Cylinder wall was scored big time. On removal of turbo (before removing head) found the turbo shaft could be moved sideways (as in worn bearing) & blown seal but still intact.

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