Oil commonly leaks from the valve cover gasket requiring replacement of the gasket. Oil will be visible at the top of the engine and possibly in the center area around the spark plugs.
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1996 Saab 900 Problems
Oil commonly leaks from the distributor o-ring requiring replacement of the o-ring. Oil will be visible on the front of the engine near the distributor.
The head gasket can fail causing the coolant and oil to mix in the engine, and external leaks. Symptoms can include overheating, white smoke from the tailpipe at start-up or acceleration, and the visible presence of oil in the coolant expansion tank.
The exhaust flex pipe can fail causing excessive exhaust noise from the front/center area of the vehicle. The flex pipe is a flexible joint in the exhaust that allows for engine movement.
If coolant is leaking, it may be from the water pump. Coolant will be seen at the front of the engine in the lower left.
1996 Saab 900 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: DURING STATIC TESTING OF BELT ANCHORAGE POINTS, THE OUTBOARD ATTACHMENT PLATE BEING USED IN THE TESTING DEFORMED AND DETACHED FROM THE SEAT ANCHORAGE. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES" AND NO. 210, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES."Learn more »
Summary: CORROSION AROUND THE ZINC-COATED THROTTLE CONTROL LEVER BUSHING CAN CAUSE THE THROTTLE LEVER TO BIND.Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPERLY AIMING THE HEADLIGHTING SYSTEM WERE OMITTED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."Learn more »
1996 Saab 900 Questions and Answers
My lower radiator line blew while driving, spewed coolant all over the engine compartment, the car won't even turn over anymore, my first thought was that coolant effected eletrical lines but ...
What is the most common problem when the engine is running too rich?
When driving the vehicle, the gauges will disconnect and all go to zero, empty, etc.. Happens more frequently when the car is cold, but year after year, it happens more often; whether the engine is...
1996 Saab 900 convertible air bags exploded without any bumping. Noticed a funny smell driving around prior to the issue occuring.Going from Drive to Reverse in the driveway exploded the passenger ...
1996 Saab 900 Reviews
I love the way this car handles. I bought the car in 2009 with 137,000 miles on it and it still runs very well. The turbo is divine. I am now a convert and willing to purchase another 1996 Saab for my mother-in-law who is equally happy with the car.