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My brother bought a 98 Saab convertible online. It is a 4 cylinder engine with direct fire ignition. I think 16V. It wouldn't run when he got it. I did a compression check and found no compression on cylinder #1. Cylinders #2 = 150 psi, #3 142 psi and #4 150 psi on a cold engine. I think it is a valve (carbon on the valve, burned, etc.) What is a common problem for these engines when they have no compression on 1 cylinder? I think it is time to pull the head. Is there a good procedure for this online or written by a Saabcentral member? If not what book has the best procedure? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Can the head usually be saved by a good machine shop or is it best to replace them?
 

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Can you say what model it is?, i.e. its not a 9000 being a convertable - not correct forum for advise
If its a 9-5 // 9-3 they don,t have a habit of burning valves etc.. but they do tend to throw rods & cranks about - oil starvation issues
If its a 900 then best bet is C/H gasket
 
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