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Repairpal verified 2001 Saab 9-3 problems
The air blend system in the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system can have problems, which can cause the AC controls to be stiff, or a lack of HVAC control.
The head gasket may leak oil externally. The oil will be visible around the cylinder head and block area.
The thermo contact in the AC compressor can fail, which means the compressor may fail to engage or disengage.
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.
The shaft for the air blend door can fail creating the inability to adjust the AC or heating temperature. The AC or Heat will not maintain the proper temperature.
The air conditioning expansion valve can fail causing poor, or no cooling from the AC system.
The fuel pump check valve may have failed if the engine requires more cranking before it starts. The check valve is a one way valve that maintains the pressure in the fuel lines so the engine is easier to start after it has sat a while.