Date: 4 Oct 2006 17:28:29 -0700
From: "Saab folk" <>
Subject: Spooky Saaby Squeaks

I recently bought a 1990 Saab 900i 16v from a dealer in Iceland (where I live) and love her to death. I was actually shopping around for some small 4wd like a Suzuki Vitara when I came across this baby and from that point on, there simply was no other choice - class over convenience anytime. The car had done about 180 thou in klicks but was running fine when I bought her, although I was told at the time I bought it she would soon need a new AT filter. In the last weeks though I have become familiar with the Saab's numerous quirky squeaks and grunts. I have noticed a particularly unpleasant whining or perhaps more accurately described as rubbing sound. It can be heard clearly when you go slow (10kph) with the window open. It sounds like its coming from the front wheels so I can only suspects its the ball joints or something similar. The sound is kind of like a squeaky rubber so maybe its a seal of some sort? The sound is no different if the brakes are applied and I'm pretty certain its nothing concerning them. I have yet to check the grease levels in the joints but will get to that before taking her to a mechanic. If someone could give me their thoughts before I take her to the doctors it would be much appreciated. Regards, tRaVLa

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