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I put my saab in for turbo repair, engine light not on when it went in, mechanic took 4 1/2 months to repair and now engine light staying on says not his problem what could cause this he has put some custom made? parts on in place of genuine saab

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Try disconnecting the battery and see if the computer will reset it self

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Took 2004 9-3 to the Dealer because car was vibrating and misfiring. Dealer replaced spark plugs. 01/19. Took 400 mile road trip 2 weeks later. Car was vibrating, smoking and sparks were coming out of...


I have know by experience that if you cross plug wires you can get an engine extremely hot ive seen it also seen it hot enough to get the exhaust manifolds glowing red if they havent put their hands in it and corrected the problem i would check the firing order to make sure it was correct and that they didnt cross the plug wires.

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after diagnostics, they determined that it was a faulty "pedal travel sensor" (engine code P1238), which cost $590. after labor and taxes, my total came to $747.53. yikes.

sucked to pay that much, but it fixed the problem.

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My Saab 9-3 turbo wastegate seems to be stuck open. Pressure builds but will not kick on the turbo. Suggestions?


I think the actual problem may be generic to Saabs of the same age. So maybe this information will help many others

Yes the turbo was faulty but no it was simple to fix and did not cost me a lot.

the wastegate ( a valve which is opened to switch on the turbo) is driven by a vacuum actuator - and the actuator leaver arm which connects to the wastegate to the actuator had fallen off.

So The wastegate valve was stuck semi open up and never moved.

This does not directly show any engine error or cause any emissions
problems, as the car passed an a mot before immediately before the fault was found.

My local garage man did the work needed in 2.5 hours on the ramp and did not have to take much too bits to make a good repair.

Car goes like a train, and the engine management light - which was coming on at odd times has since stayed off.

I suspect that the management light which was coming on due to emissions sensors -- triggered by some series of events which cause the emmision to go out out of line, due to the turbo not fully working.

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Brakes are a user wear and can be replaced at most mechanic shops. Saab cannot by law I believe make repairing parts exclusive only too Saab Dealerships. Because what if Saab went out of business? Then you would have a car that is worthless. The government is trying to look out for us after-all!. I would suggest to find a local mom and pop shop that wont charge an arm and a leg and that would possibly give discounts after returning...

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does it light up like a christmas tree? I had a simliar problem last year on my 2000 9.5 aero. I beleive it was the tcs on, tcs off, emergency light, and 2 others, i forget now. After paying the saab dealer $800 to try and diagnose it, finally they came up with a faulty abs switch. Cost to replace was over 3k. I took it to my other mechanic and he found one in a junk yard for half the price. I had it replaced over a year now and it works fine.
Have them check out the ABS switch. I later found simliar info on the web of other saab dealers

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