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Old 08-22-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Unhappy Saab 9000 died and won't start

1994 Saab 9000 CSE turbo with 175k miles. Driving along at 35 mph on a local road, all of a sudden engine dies. I pull over and try to start: it cranks, but no cigar. Walking around, I notice a nicely massive coolant leak. What I want to know is, how badly is it damaged. Does not starting mean I've blown a gasket? Could it be just the water pump? I am clueless, and would appreciate any answers.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Water pump wouldn't cause the car to not start. Did you start to over heat or was it just all of a sudden? Did you check your oil/coolant? If you did blow a headgasket you are gona have either coolant in the oil or oil in the coolant. It could be that both problems aren't related too
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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It could be that both problems aren't related too
swap in a known good DIC to rule that out?
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The car didn't overheat, it just happened all of a sudden Oil change was due in 1000 miles. The radiator had been having some issues, leaking coolant and such, but had been fixed. A hose had fallen loose, leading to the leak. Would such a leak prevent the car from starting though? I'm guessing its a gasket or something major I'll know more when I talk to the mechanic tomorrow. I'm not holding my breath though, I think it's done for.
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i'm certainly no interwebz diagnostician but i'd bet on a DIC or fuel pump. if it didn't overheat and grenade, a HG shouldn't cause a sudden shutdown like that.
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Crank position sensor is also a possibility.
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Agreed - you are going to have to play doctor and tell us more.

Currently - do you have a spare DI unit to swap on and see if it starts? Do you have a means to check for Fuel Pressure? Can you hear the pump prime when you lay beneath as a friend turns the key to "on" - then cranking does it hum? Sounds like either a spark or fuel problem... crank sensor also does control these... Time to diag!
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