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Rats! My *&*!@ Saab 96 still overheats

Posted by Gary Piland [Email] (more from Gary Piland) on Mon, 04 Sep 2000 02:12:21 Share Post by Email
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My '67 96 still sometimes and I haven't been able to figure out why. Here's what I've done to fix it:

1. Re-cored a '73 96 radiator (three rows) and installed it.
2. Removed the 6-bladed stock red fan and installed an electric 9" pusher fan w/auto temp turn-on.
3. The thermostat and water pump work. (I know because I installed a clear radiator hose at the top position to watch.)
4. Added a half gallon expansion tank.
5. Installed a non-collapsible (wire reinforced) hose at the bottom hose position to ensure no kink.
6. Bled and re-bled the heater drain valve until it had a solid flow - no sputtering.

Oh, yeah - if I push all the vents and heater temp levers to the top and run the heater fan, the car doesn't overheat - pretty miserable in the 109 degree weather we've been having here in Topeka, Kansas.

Anyone have any ideas?

Also, the left front inner CV joint doesn't seem to be sealed tight by its metal strap. It's throwing a little thick black grease on the engine bay floor. Is it okay to use a big hose clamp to fix it? Should I put more grease into it before I re-clamp it?

Thanks in advance!


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