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Saab 93 runs hot no leaks and fan works is this a sign of a weak gasket. there is no oil in coolant and no signs of water on the dipstick

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While there are a variety of reasons your Saab 9-3 is overheating, the most common 3 are a coolant leak (water pump, radiator, hose etc.), the radiator fan, or a failed thermostat.

Saab 9-3 Overheating - RepairPal

It is a known issue

https://www.google.com/search?q=saab+93+runs+hot

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Posted on May 18, 2021

Testimonial: "thanks for that but no leaks and fan and thermostat working ok. car not overheating but runs hot"

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  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 06, 2021

    It it runs hot it is overheating. Other reasons, weak mixture, blocked radiator, sticking thermostat. Unlikely to be head gasket which manifests itself by oil in water, water in oil and low coolant level.

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 07, 2021

    Yes, but are you losing coolant?? The head gasket can be tested by a pressure test. Watch these videos
    https://www.youtube.com/c/ScottyKilmerme...

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  • martin Balfe
    martin Balfe Jun 07, 2021

    no loss of coolant and no oil in water or beads of oil on dipstick

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 07, 2021

    Okay, I think we can rule out a problem with the cylinder head gasket. Are both radiator cooling fans running? There are videos here.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Saab+93+...

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  • martin Balfe
    martin Balfe Jun 10, 2021

    i can only see one fan and this comes on and of just fine.

  • martin Balfe
    martin Balfe Jun 10, 2021

    can i just mention this is a turbo engine ,i have been told that they run hotter than injection engines ,is this true its just worrying me that it seems to run hot apart from that the car is fantastic

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 10, 2021

    Aha, turbo! Yes, they run hotter! Some of your model has one fan and some have two, and some have one large and one small. As long as the temperature gauge isn't in the red, or you see steam, you will be fine. If you happen to look at your engine in darkness after a good run, you will see the turbo glowing dull cherry red.

  • martin Balfe
    martin Balfe Jun 10, 2021

    well thankyou very much for replying that has really put my mind at rest , as we have a long drive on saturday and i was worried. once again thank you for your help and stay safe . martin

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 11, 2021

    You are very welcome. Enjoy the road trip. Andrew from England, but living in Canada :>)

  • martin Balfe
    martin Balfe Jun 13, 2021

    hi andrew, just to let you know , we did a 450 mile round trip saturday and the saab ran fantastic, returning over 40 mpg not bad for a 21 year old car. i must thank you once again for putting my mind at rest. martin.

  • ADMIN Canada
    ADMIN Canada Jun 13, 2021

    Excellent and very good to hear. 40 MPG is amazing. Take care - Andrew

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