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  1. What is normal power consumption (amps) with engine off?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi all, Can anyone tell me the normal range of power consumption for the 1999-2002 OG 9-3 when the car is powered off (engine not running, doors closed, interior lights off), etc.? I've got a 2002 that is drawing about 115 mA when I check 15-20 minutes after powering off the car. Is this...
  2. Battery Life vs Convertible operation

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    It might be a silly question. I am new to Saab's and convertibles. after only owning for a couple of weeks the top would not close and the 'low battery' warning came on. Still able to drive, use electrics. Spoke to a friend who has had convertibles in the past and said can be a normal if you...
  3. Battery Drain Challenge- Any Ideas? All tests show nothing...

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Hi there, I have a 2006 Saab 9 3 with a battery that drains for no reason. As in, I will leave the car parked overnight, come out in the morning at 7am and no battery charge. I have tried to find the cause for this in several ways but cannot suss it. Firstly, I replaced the battery back in...
  4. no juice on start.Battery or inside bug

    9-5 Workshop
    Right now , for no apparent reason , my 2000 9-5 2.3t wagon will stutter before starting. On trying ignition , the cluster light panel appears WEAK (no life in those lights ) and then after some , "throat cleansing noise" - it will eventually muster up power to start. Few days ago , it just sat...
  5. SID malfunction / radio interface lights stay on

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    After recently installing a new battery after the previous one completely died on me, i have been experiencing some strange behavior with both the radio display as well as the SID, the display area closer to the windshield. The SID is in a constant state of "...Checking..." and no longer...
  6. 2001 9-5 wagon alternator?

    9-5 Workshop
    last week i went out of town and made it about 20 miles before all the lights started dimming and the car died. a friend jump started my car(all the dummy lights were lit up) and it made it to the VIP just down the road before dying again(at least i made it to the parking lot) ended up leaving...
  7. Parasitic battery drain with odd symptoms

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Car: 2002 9-3 SE, 90k miles, totally stock. About a half-dozen times over the past two months my car has failed to start in the morning. Jumping it off of my wife's car works instantly and every time. After jumping, it will be fine for days/weeks until one morning it'll be dead again. Got...
  8. Radio Issue

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hey - wondering if anyone has familiarity with this issue. My radio is draining the battery in that even with car off - the radio lights stay on, the radio essentially powers off. Interestingly it had a stuck cd, which I got out - and you can still now hit the eject button and it will try and...
  9. New Owner of a 1993 Saab 900 needs advice

    C900 Workshop
    Hello all you Saab lovers. I just bought a 1993 SAAB 900 for my kid. BUT we seem to keep having issues with the factory alarm. The battery (new) keeps dying and this time we can't start the car due to the security system. Any hints? Can we simply disable the security system? We think it's...
  10. Neverending replacing of Alternator and battery

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    So... I bought this car from my boss. They had bought this car for their daughter but she hated it. It kept dying on her for no reason while she would be driving somewhere. They sold it to me given I am a mechanic and we figured I would be able to fix the car better and cheaper then they could...
  11. Battery Drain. The culprit? "Central Locking"

    C900 Workshop
    So, one consistent problem with the '89 Conv has been that the battery will drain itself dead after sitting for a few days. I took to Youtube in search of a solution and found this video from Scotty Kilmer: Scotty's videos are entertaining, informative, and to-the-point; I would definitely...
  12. Engine cuts out/loses power randomly

    C900 Workshop
    Was driving and the engine cut out randomly - stepped on the accelerator and the power just died. Pulled over - couldn't start but signal and lights were on strong. Then I could start but the minute I stepped on the accelerator the engine just loses power and dies. Does anyone know what is...
  13. Battery Drain 07 9-3 Aero Convertible Manual Trans

    9-3 Sedan, Cabrio '04+, Combi, 9-3X Workshop
    Searching the web, mysterious battery drains seem to be a common issue, but I have found no common solutions. We've had our car for almost a year and have had the battery fail 5 times in the last 4 months. Prior to the first failure, the SID would occasionally flash "Right side marker failure"...
  14. Alternator starting to slump

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    My '99 9-3 vert is having startup issues. Presumably the alternator is starting to fail; ignition is lagging: Two weeks ago it started fine. 12 days ago it would take a moment or two then turn over. 8 days ago it took several seconds and was getting worse. 7 days ago I replaced the battery...
  15. Electrical drain on 9.3 - climate control?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Performance, Mods & Tuning
    HI, I have a 1998 9.3 convertible, and something is draining the battery. I have been through all the obvious possibilities (boot light, stereo, etc) and the only thing that stands out is a buzzing sound from around the lower left side of the climate control unit that goes on for about 5 mins...
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