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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 110,822 (36,000–290,000)
3 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005
17 people reported this problem
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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 9-3 (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.
Secondary air incorrect flow code thrown by ECU. High pitched squeal comes from engine bay at start-- Unsure if pump failure or normal level of sound. Exhaust smells to be running rich at cold start. Some grime found inside the secondary air injection valve, but no moisture or condensation. This will likely be the first component I'll replace.
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.
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.