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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: STEREO UPGRADE 2007 9.5
« Last post by sgould on Today at 03:41:52 PM »
I put a piggyback fuse onto fuse No 5 in the end of the dashboard.  It's the circuit that keeps the TWICE unit alive wile the ignition key is in place, even in the Lock position. 

Two small downsides...

1.  The radio goes off and restarts when the key goes to the starting position.  No a big problem with a radio, or most other units, but my Kenwood sat nav takes an age to restart.

2. Fuse 5 isbehind the finger pull of the fusebox.  I had to cut the finger guard off!  I think the current is very low, so you coulld maybe use the same fuse, but I didn't want to take the risk.

The lower piggyback fuse is for the dash cam and is a standard ignition feed.
Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: STEREO UPGRADE 2007 9.5
« Last post by GeoffW on Today at 01:45:13 PM »
And the Saab radio uses the I-bus to keep the radio alive when the key is off but still in the ignition. There are several fuses you can tap into to mimic this on the new ignition feed.
Clues to this would be welcome - wife has succeeded in running the battery flat on a couple of occasions by sitting in the car listening to the non-Saab radio with ignition ON and headlights ON!

Mine is '02 9-5 (pre-facelift) but assume solution is likely to be same as for facelift model.
Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Re: Possible gearbox problem - no drive
« Last post by sgould on Today at 10:53:16 AM »
If you can change gear without using the clutch when the engine is running, it implies that there is no movement of the cogs in the box, so nothing connecting the engine and the gearbox. 

If there are no noises, it would seem that the two halves of the clutch are still intact.

The symptoms are that the failure is as if the clutch pedal is stuck down.  Is the clutch released permanently?  The movement you see on the slave cylinder may be misleading. It may just be moving from “clutch released” to “clutch further released”.  What you need to check is whether the slave is allowing the diaphragm to return and grip the clutch when the pedal is released.  Maybe something simple like the rubber hose has failed internally and is acting as a non-return valve, keeping the clutch permantly released.

Otherwise, I reckon you will need to get things apart and have a look,
Cleaning and Detailing / Re: Car polishers
« Last post by David on Today at 09:34:46 AM »
I have one. They are OK but if you really want to get a deep shine you need to buy a cheap Silverline or similar along with some pads.

The large buffers are OK for flat panels but too big to get in to those tight areas. They are big, so you cannot control them as well as the smaller versions and as their 'footprint' is large, the pressure you can get on the pad is minimal. They are fine for a quick buff, but not really suitable if you are trying to get a much better finish.


Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Possible gearbox problem - no drive
« Last post by carrera on Today at 09:07:12 AM »
Got a call that my dads 9000 Aero has lost all drive, sudden failure in a car park, so I had a look at it yesterday

Symptoms, no drive in any gear, no adverse noises or crunches

Tests carried out,

Slave cylinder is actuating on clutch diaphragm OK,
Gear linkage is positively engaging in gearbox, gear lever feels normal
Car in the air, rotate road wheels. Each roadwheel rotates and can be heard to be rotating the diff. However, the opposite roadwheel is not rotating in the opposite direction
Engine running, change gears without using clutch, no crunching noises
Inspection plate removed, no signs of masses of friction material at the bottom of the bell housing

Any suggestions for what this might be, it's as if the input shaft has been broken, can clutch splines just get ripped out ?
It is indeed there as per the pic above but it was masked by the headlight on lamp...
Cleaning and Detailing / Car polishers
« Last post by Steve McF on 17 June 2018, 06:06:38 PM »
Does anyone use any of these rotary car polishers to buff up their Saab.

If so, anyone got any recommendations?

I've just seen this on Ebay...
Here's the bairn in France. House is nice eh? ... We stayed in the barn.
Hey, Mark. Good to hear from you! Very thorough coverage there and my, your MG's a sweet one! My little beaut is due a good going-over very soon. I've got a pretty good brush for the top; that and Henry should do the job nicely.
Obiter dictum: Into the garage for a general check-over and checking the power steering fluid reservoir/tank/thingy (CHF202) a possible wheel bearing out of whack and also to change the spark plugs for the NGK PFR 6T-10G ones (it may already have these, but new sparkies will always help); mind you, I checked the air filter - hardly stained at all and the engine oil still has a greenish tinge, so someone's been looking after this bairn! My garage are a good bunch and they do stuff thoroughly.
Just back from a few days in la belle France, trooping (top-down, natch) round country lanes in the Bray area: joyful! Car ran sweet as a nut. Saw only two other Saabs - a 9-5 estate and an old 90, both French reg. But I did see an MGB GT and a Midget (also French) out for a jaunt in Lyons-la-Forêt.
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