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Old 09-08-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Somebody Help/Advice 99' Saab 9-3

I recently started working on mt 99' Saab 9-3 SE H.O.T, which has been sitting for about year or so. I originally stopped driving the car because of a head gasket leak in which antifreeze was being burned along with the fuel. Since then I've done a complete engine flush (excluding transmission oil) due to contamination, I didnt want to replace the headgasket quite frankly because I can not afford the job, so I bought Permatech Headgasket sealer in hopes that this would solve the problem. So far I have no more white smoke out of the exhaust and the coolant levels seem to remain stable however, after the driving the car at times the engine idle rough similar to mild turbulence in an airplane. In addition to that, I feel as if the acceleration isnt what it once was the boost doesnt feel strong until mid 3rd gear, when switch to 4th gear, and depress the gas peddle the car bucks and the shifter knob shakes back and forth.
I have put so much time and effort into this car and I cant fathom parting ways with it, is there anyone who may have any advice or links they can share with me. If i have the right information maybe I can chnage the headgasket myself.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Sounds a lot like a fuel pressure problem. Pump, filter or regulator.


You can do a DIY head gasket for under $100, Just use care lifting the head iff and away from the timing chain guides.
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any check engine light on?
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