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Old 23rd March 2005
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Have had a little snag today. At the moment my wife is the main user of the 900SE and for the second time in a week she has run it dry. (in her defence it does guzzle some) but after putting 5 lts in she still will not start. i am hoping she has drained the battery a little when she has been presistently trying to get it moving on nothing. But is there worse around the corner will this damage any thing else. Fuel pump, filter, lines , injectors, ENGINE! I am frightening myself thinking to much with not enough knowledge. Any calming words? Cheers.
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5 litres probably won't do it. When you try to start it again, make sure there is at least 1/4 of a tank of fuel in it, and cycle the key a few times - you should usually hear a hum as the fuel pump engages when you first turn the key. It is possible the fuel pump got burnt out from being run dry.
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hope not, shall try tomorrow with some more fuel.Cheers for getting back. Let ya know what happens next.
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The next day it struggled for a few minutes grumbled to life and runs like a train again. Think it even earned the respect of my wife now (saab convert). Don't thinkshe will let it get that low again. Altough it is still sucking that fuel. 200 milegive or take 20/30 from full tank........
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yup u gotta put 1/4 tank in, i did it aswell!
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Hi there,

Poor mileage can be due to a few things...... a stuck throttle - cure remove foot from floor!

Seriously, check if brakes are dragging, air filter condition, spark plugs etc.,
it may be simple as that.

You let your WIFE drive it?

Poor car

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I know but now that I have the jubilee she wants to call this one her own. So i gave in to her wish ( with one clause) One full blown T16 without so much as a little wimper from herself. To be got when i find the right one (and the cash in my pocket). So i think i have done alright although one in the hand and all!!! And yes I think she needs a service which will include the air filter, spark plugs. Hope it helps. Think the car needs one too!!!
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