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Engine light on--exhaust smell in car--just replaced engine

I just replaced my Saab 9-5, 2000, engine this past spring. Put in a used engine with 56 K miles by a reputable mechanic. About three weeks ago I noticed that the AC was not working correctly--I have to blast it to get it to cool at all, as it does not work on "low." Lately I've noticed a bad smell in the car--like fumes--and the car turns over real hard. Finally, the engine light has come on and I am fearing the worst. I read other posts here and suspect it might be a coolant problem (at least/in addition to) another, bigger problem. Any hints, suggestions?


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The ac is a gas leakage problem and can be fixed by an accredited ac specialist shop
the exhaust gas smell could be the flex pipe at the exhaust manifold or a exhaust pipe gasket that has failed ( come loose after the engine replacement)
as for the engine lights , it con=mes on from reports from the engine and the transmission so have the fault codes read to find which sensor is reporting a fault
could be that same sensor that reports on the exhaust problem
hard to start is an electronic reporting fault and that will be in the codes as well

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SOURCE: 2003 Saab 9-5 Check Engine Light

Take the car to Autozone, they will read the codes via OBD II for free.  Other parts stores may have the same policy ... call first.   My VW dealer charges $40 to pull the codes!!   I bought a low-end OBD II reader for $50, as the wife and I  both have VWs.

White smoke is usually antifreeze, the most frequent cause of this is head gasket blown or cracked head ... big bucks.  Hopefully this is not you.  Unless the car had a dramatic overheating incident, for most makes of cars, this should not happen until you have over 100K miles, probably closer to 200K.   
White smoke could also be break fluid sucked in from power brake booster.  If it's brake fluid, it will smell very bad.  
On cold days, when the car first starts, white smoke can just be normal condensation in the tailpipe ... if it happens after the car is warmed up ... it's something else.
Check your coolant overflow tank level ... if it's very low or empty ... put water in (don't bother with antifreeze yet in case you are burning it up in the engine).  
Good luck, ..ajm

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SOURCE: Saab 93 2.2TID 2003

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SOURCE: 1999 saab 9-5 check engine light is on

If you will take the car to a local auto parts store they can see what the code is most do a free check engine light check.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Coolant Temperature Sensor 2000 9-5 SE V6

Just did last night on my 9-3. Part was less than $20 at NAPA! Found the best guide here:

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Really took only 5 minutes. Push in on the electrical connector to be able to sqeeze the latch mechanism for removal. I didn't even lose enough coolant to replace.

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have saab 93 diesel.6 speed seems very slow,,engine ligth was on coded read turbo,,,does that mean it wants replacing or is there another fault,,,,

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