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Saab 900 Problems

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Most Common Saab 900 Problems

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.
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 v...
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0 Known Saab 900 Brakes Problems

0 Known Saab 900 Drive Train Problems

0 Known Saab 900 Electrical & Lights Problems

12 Known Saab 900 Engine Problems

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.
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 direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but start. Diagnosis may also discover trouble codes for random misfires.

4 Known Saab 900 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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.
A weld for the catalytic converter mounting bracket and heat shield can fail. Rattling noise will be heard from the bottom/rear of the engine compartment.
The exhaust center muffler can fail causing excessive exhaust noise.

3 Known Saab 900 Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

The AC evaporator can leak causing poor cooling of the air conditioning. The loss of refrigerant may be hard to diagnose.
The air conditioning expansion valve can fail causing poor, or no cooling from the AC system.
Poor cooling from the air conditioning may be caused be leaks from the AC cooling lines at the AC compressor. Inspection of the system is recommended to isolate any potential leak.

0 Known Saab 900 Maintenance Problems

0 Known Saab 900 Miscellaneous Problems

1 Known Saab 900 Suspension & Steering Problem

If you hear knocking noises while driving over bumps, the front ball joints should be inspected. The upper and lower ball joints are known to wear.

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Known Saab 900 Problems & Complaints

Coolant leakage between the cylinder heads can be caused by failure of the oil cooler cover seal. Mixing of oil and coolant is possible and would be seen 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.
A weld for the catalytic converter mounting bracket and heat shield can fail. Rattling noise will be heard from the bottom/rear of the engine compartment.
The exhaust center muffler can fail causing excessive exhaust noise.
Oil can leak from the oil pump cover seal. Oil will be visible at the bottom and rear of the engine. The seal will need to be replaced.
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