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Old 4th July 2011
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Default Saab 9-3 starting problems


I have a 2005 Saab 9-3 with a whole host of problems.

Recently my car wouldn't start, and in fact the power died completely. This was diagnosed as a problem with the battery which was then replaced, however as soon as I got the car back the problem happened again. This was then diagnosed as a problems with the alternator and a reconditioned one was fitted.

When bringing the car in for those repairs I complained of an ongoing rattle underneath the car. The sound is definitely related to something under the car but nobody can find anything loose or moving around under the car.

When I acclerate I can here a sort of whooshing sound which sounds like air escaping underneath the car and only happens in lower gears when I accelerate hard. Is this connected to the rattling sound - liek is my exhaust pipe loose and rattling around.

I have started feeling a jerkiness when driving the car which I'm sure is related to this sound.

Now about four months after the last alternator problems my car has started playing up again. Now the power remains but when I inset my key and turn it on I can hear the sound of something spinning in the engine. If I do this a number of times this continues to happen until I hear a high-pitched grinding sound - almost like the sound of a drill. If I turn off again after hearing this sound the car will start next time.

Also there sounds like there is some loose wiring to my stereo speakers - not sure if this is at all related.

What the hell is happening with my car? Help?

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When you turn the key, the only thing that spins in the engine is the starter. If it's grinding and not engaging fully, it's only going to grind away the flywheel. I can't imagine that a mechanic couldn't identify that problem in a very short time... Ron
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