Check Engine Light Caused by Secondary Air Injection Pump on Saab 9-3

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because of air injection pump, and/or check valve failure. There may be no drivability symptoms detected.

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Average mileage: 115,904 (36,000–290,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
12 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
2003 Saab 9-3290,000
I had this problem at 290 000KM My car is a 9-3 SS 2003 1,8t 150HP The engine light came on once in a while. i read the fault codes and it said something with Secondary air injection. I unscrewed my SAI valve, cleaned and lubed it. Now there is no problems. the car has now gone 310 000KM
2003 Saab 9-3162,500
2003 Saab 9-3 (New version). Check Engine Light with corresponding fault code indicated replacement of Air Pump (w/Check Valve) needed. Also here bearing screech as pump spooled down :-) Took it to an authorized Saab Service Center. They replaced the parts and the problem went away. About $850. with Parts, Labor, and Tax. Can't complain since it lasted over 12 years and 160K+ miles. Love my Saabs.
2005 Saab 9-3150,000
Light routinely turns on and then goes off.
ac delco carries the same part, just on a different bracket. Search the saab part on Amazom and you`lll see the alternate. 1/3 the cost!!! Also, car will run fine with the secondary air pump, new models of same car do not have it. Yes, check engine light will remain on however.
2003 Saab 9-3111,665
The check valve will fail first, causing condensate from exhaust to accumulate in the pump. This results in pump failure, and the resultant CEL. The check valve should be replaced every 2 years or so to prevent the more expensive pump failure from occurring. Needless to say, the check valve should be replaced at the same time that the pump is.
I had this repaired 1.5 years ago and it is now pulling the same code again. I believe it was repaired incorrectly, obviously, but i've let it go probably longer than the repair place will take the blame, i will try though. Obviously this is a problem with the saab, i've seen complaints on other sites for the same thing.
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