Date: 3 Feb 2007 07:07:46 -0800
Subject: Saab 89 won't Start starting problem

I have a 1989 Saab 900 that I just purchased for 300 dollars that has been sitting for 8 months. The sun roof is open and won't work after installing a battery. The ignition switch has been re routed as old key was broken in old one. The accessories (red) wires are attatched to generic ignition switch as is the IGN (grey) and BAT (blue) wires. I can get the car to roll over but won't fire. I do notice that when I turn the key to the first position the oil light comes on. Then when I turn to crank that light goes out until I release the key. This seems weird to me as I thought this key should stay on until start or when oil pump reaches PSI minimums. I was able to just put the key in the first position and then short out the wires to crank her with red oil light on and still no go. I can hear the fuel pump running in the rear and I have sprayed carb cleaner into air filter box to make sure that something should ignite and still she doesn't fire. The old lady I bought it from said she purrs like a kitten and just quit at a local gas station and parked it and didn't touch it again. She seems to think it is air filter related as it happed just after a new air filter installation and she was told that that was probably the problem. I checked and the wires to the MAF are connected and everything seems in order but the connection from the air box to the outer MAF seems like it may be missing a gromett or something. But I don't think this is the problem because it is on the filter side of the MAF. I plan to pull the coil wire off and place it near the block to see if I'm getting spark there. If weak or none I plan to run a positive wire to the pos side of the coil and try again. If no spark then guess I would have to replace coil or the ignition amplifier (where is that). Also the crank sensor (Oh, my God I hope I don't have to pull that pulley). Have I missed anything here? I also may try to unhook the ECM and re- connect in case that is a problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any of you out there that have free cell phones on Sat I would love to hear from you. My free cell number is 7 0 6 8 2 5 7 1 8 0 0 Thanks. Mr. Tripp Augusta, GA 1989 Saab 900 (s) I think. w/automatic trans PS I also can't get the trans out of park. Is there a switch or something?

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