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Direct ignition hey how hard is it to replace this part. and were can I get one for a good price

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  • hitech20010 Jul 30, 2008

    ok I got you. thank you. does the car start rite up after that. im kinda pissed at the whole thing......but im pretty sure thats what it is.

  • hitech20010 Jul 30, 2008

    wow ok thanks for you help truly appreciate it. I found a engine that still has a good dim so im gonna try it. im considering just ordering a new one from online to avoid any more hassles..what do u think..I hope this work and the car starts it's been a great car.

  • hitech20010 Jul 30, 2008


    did you say you knew a place to get the dim for a good price ?

  • tim keeler May 21, 2009

    It was suggested to me that I need to replace this direct ignition module on my 95 Saab 900 SE, 6 cylinder as it has been running rough and gas mileage has decreased.  I've been studying it and have a couple questions. 1. Is there just one module or 2 on the 6 cylinder engine? and 2. Do you need to take the valve covers off to get at the 4 bolts to remove it.  Anything else I need to know for doing it myself?



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You can try or 4-cyl DIM's between $205 & $225, 6-cyl from similar price for each bank (3-cylinders each side.)

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With either the 2.3 4-cyl turbo or the V-6, it's actually rather simple. The unit has 4 bolts on top (usually a torx star-shape) and an electrical connector at one end. U need to disconnect the battery since the unit is rather high-voltage, disconnect it from the connector, remove the bolts & it lifts out. When installing, try to make sure the new unit remains upright as there is oil inside and may leak. Installation is the reverse. Best to replace the plugs at the same time; NGK resistor-types are recommended for this type of ignition system & are most likely specified in the owner's manual. You can try "" for a new one for a decent price, around $206 each for the V6, $250 for the 4-cylinder. A search on Ebay can also return sellers with new & used parts; used are generally cheaper and many have descriptions of the donor car and a moderate warranty. A Saab dealer will run you close to $500 not including labor for the installation. Hope this helps & good luck!

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  • bpooch63 Jul 30, 2008

    Yes, it should start. What I would suggest first, is to get a $10 volt meter from Wal-Mart; with it, you can check the charging system, alternator. Select the DC-volt section (lower-left quadrant on the dial) set to 50. With the engine off, touch the probes to each battery terminal (neg-neg, pos-pos) & the black scale should indicate between 12-13 volts. Then start the car, turn on the headlights, A/C, electric defog & do the same; if it holds a similar ballpark reading with everything on, alternator is OK. If it begins to steadily drop to the point the engine falters or dies, alternator is bad; $100 new reman'd from dealers on Ebay, $205 - $500 from a dealer. NOT fun to replace; under the engine behind the right front wheel. Checking the alternator 1st answers if the vehicle has a problem other than the DIM to avoid replacing the module & have the car continue to die anyway. I feel ur pain, as I am going thru it right now. Plan to replace the alternator & sell a '99 9-5 B4 the DIM goes bad - I can smell it burning, like I hit a racoon.



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