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Selonoid may have died

Can you please tell me when you crank the saab to start and turn over it makes a whizzing zipping noise is that hte starter motor or selonoid thanks

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  • deborah_paku Apr 13, 2009

    makes a whizzing noise when key is fully engagage like its not connecting or linking

  • deborah_paku Apr 13, 2009

    already pulled it out not bad for a girl hey! tested selonoid dead starteralive have ordered off ebay will be here for my mechanic to fix he has to be usefull i did call him LOL but thanks will use you again your frank and to the point. cool as:)


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The starter motor is working (whizzing sound)...

The solenoid is not engaging the starter teeth into the flywheel.... Indicating one of 2 things -

1. Solenoid is faulty.
2. Starter gear stripped or broken off shaft.

You may find it easier on this model to replace the entire starter anyway - as the solenoid is not accessible without removing it from the engine anyway.

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Pulled out starter motor got her tested at auto electrician every thing is fine. called my mechanic he came late today so i had a look to get to know my saab better pulled side cover off where timing belt is look no further fraying so i have ordered a timing belt kit mechanic is going to fix it Saturday.

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That noise is useuslly caused by a low /defective battery (or corroded battery cables), have it tested, Kragen does this for free as well as Autozone, if the battery tests ok then the starter is defective. The solenoid will make a fairly loud clicking noise when you try to start if it is defective.

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