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1999 Saab 9-5 Problems

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Most Common 1999 Saab 9-5 Problems

The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but not start. The engine may also have a rough idle and run roughly. Diagnosis may discover...
Oil leaks from the timing cover, valve cover, and/or rear main seal may be due to excessive crankcase pressure. An updated PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) kit was released to fix this concern.
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.
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0 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Brakes Problems

1 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Drive Train Problem

The front passenger side axle can wear, and the tri-pod bearing is known to fail. Vibration can be felt from the passenger side when the axle becomes worn.

2 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Electrical & Lights 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.
The electrical contact on the starter solenoid can come loose causing a problem where the starter intermittently does not crank.

9 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Engine Problems

The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but not start. The engine may also have a rough idle and run roughly. Diagnosis may discover...
Oil leaks from the timing cover, valve cover, and/or rear main seal may be due to excessive crankcase pressure. An updated PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) kit was released to fix this concern.
The Check Engine Light may come on because the electronic throttle body has failed. Other symptoms include loss of acceleration, a high idle or failure to return to idle, and difficulty starting.

0 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

1 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

The air conditioning expansion valve can fail causing poor, or no cooling from the AC system.

0 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Maintenance Problems

0 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Miscellaneous Problems

1 Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Suspension & Steering Problem

The rear shock absorbers can fail on the wagon models creating a bouncy ride from the rear of the vehicle.

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Known 1999 Saab 9-5 Problems & Complaints

If the engine will crank but not start, it may be the fuel pump has failed. Diagnosis may find no fuel pressure when attempting to start the engine.
The air conditioning expansion valve can fail causing poor, or no cooling from the AC system.
The Check Engine Light may come on because the electronic throttle body has failed. Other symptoms include loss of acceleration, a high idle or failure to return to idle, and difficulty starting.
The direct ignition cassette can fail causing the engine to die while driving, and/or it will crank but not start. The engine may also have a rough idle and run roughly. Diagnosis may discover...
Oil leaks from the timing cover, valve cover, and/or rear main seal may be due to excessive crankcase pressure. An updated PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) kit was released to fix this concern.
The electrical contact on the starter solenoid can come loose causing a problem where the starter intermittently does not crank.
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 idler pulley for the serpentine belt can fail causing noise from the belt area. Our technicians report the pulley has been known to fail completely which can cause the belt to break or be thr...
The front passenger side axle can wear, and the tri-pod bearing is known to fail. Vibration can be felt from the passenger side when the axle becomes worn.
The water pump can fail causing noise on the left side of the engine and overheating. Other symptoms include coolant loss and leakage at the front/left area of the engine.
Coolant loss may be caused by leakage around the thermostat. Leakage will be visible around the thermostat at the right, rear area of the cylinder head.
The head gasket may leak oil externally. The oil will be visible around the cylinder head and block area.
The rear shock absorbers can fail on the wagon models creating a bouncy ride from the rear of the vehicle.
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 ...
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