The DIC for T5.2 (9000, 1987-1992) was serviceable permitting the replacement of individual coils, Saab Part No. 7589815I saw a website that explained how and now I can't find it.
Those are mechanical failures (although fuel pump has electrical components).The best way to repair it is to replace it. After all, certain parts of the car cannot be repaired, like the fuel pump, shocks/struts, water pump, wheel bearings - they must be replaced with known working units... Ron
THE common failure point of earlier T7 DICs that were subject to RECALL was determined to be an isolated gate bipolar transistor:The DI cartridge has a trigger input for firing the four individual sparkplugs. These are triggered by signals from the ECU on pin 9, 10, 11 and 12 which are generated in the power driver IC CA3236 on the Trionic PCB (topside, 16 pin DIL housing). Internally these four pins are connected as show in the
table and the image below.
DI cartridge pin ECU pin number CA3236 pin number Description
2 7 1 (OUT A) Trigger cylinder 1
3 8 3 (OUT B) Trigger cylinder 2
4 67 6 (OUT C) Trigger cylinder 3
5 68 8 (OUT D) Trigger cylinder 4
2000 - 2002 SAAB 9-3 Recall - Campaign #05V399000
Vehicle: 2000 - 2002 SAAB 9-3
Manufacturer: SAAB CARS USA, INC.
Manufactured between: 6/1/1999 - 6/30/2002
Recalled on: 9/14/2005
Owners Notified on: 3/13/2006
Number of Vehicles Affected: 103,202
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: IGNITION: MODULE
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH B205/B235 4-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES AND B308 6-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE OVERHEATING AND BURNOUT OF THE ISOLATED GATED BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR (IGBT) WITHIN THE IGNITION DISCHARGE MODULE (IDM) DUE TO INCREASED SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ELECTRICAL LOADS.
OVERHEATING OF THE IGBT OCCURS MOST OFTEN AT ENGINE START-UP, BUT IT MAY ALSO OCCUR WHILE THE ENGINE IS RUNNING. ENGINE STALLING MAY OCCUR, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT TO SEE WHAT VERSION IDM IS IN THE VEHICLE AND REPLACE THE IDM IF IT IS A VERSION BUILT PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION OF QP3. AN INTERIM LETTER WILL BE MAILED TO OWNERS IN OCTOBER 2005, INFORMING THEM OF THE CONDITION. PARTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AND OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED TO BRING THEIR VEHICLES IN TO THE DEALERS TO HAVE THE IDM REPLACED BY LETTER DATED MARCH 13, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SAAB AT 1-800-955-9007.
SAAB RECALL NO. 05087.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO http://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
I hear you.wow, incredible info!
As an electronics designer and technician, I can understand where OP is coming from. I have repaired many automotive electronic components that are considered dispose and replace.
Now if I could just master fixing body rust LOL
Okay, thanks.So yourself a favor and pick up a couple of used Saab DICs, not the Chineese knockoffs, for $50 and call it a day. Oh and keep the aluminum tops, remove the paint and polish them... Ron
Wow!! Take it easy there!!Okay, thanks.
I was about to buy a Chinese one when this one failed.
I always ride with an extra DIC in the trunk, now.
Maybe it's too late and I'm being too philisophical, but why does Saab suck so much ***?
I mean, I've never heard people agree 100% on anything except about the sucking of *** by Saab.
The best reason I have heard for owning a Saab, is that you can't ignore them like a Honda they need constant attention.
You know before I owned a Saab, I thought people who said a car was unreliable just didn't know how to maintain it properly.
How did GM manage to take the most reliable car and turn it into the most unreliable car in just a few years?
And then people say: "GM lost so much money with Saab".
Seems like they made a ton of money ruining the name of an honorable car manufacture by making it with cheap garbage parts.
You know the first time I drove this car home I thought there was something wrong with it. No, it's just the way they made it. Only thing worse than this was my Saturn Ion and that was way more reliable and $12,000 when new.
Every time I look at this piece of crap, it makes me want to throw up. Reminds me of a time in my life when I was so desperate and had so little I had to settle for this hunk of crap.
Saab owners are pretty cool though, so no offense. I guess you kind of have to be to put up with the kind of crap this car puts you threw. Kind of like a guy who's married to a bossy fat ugly chick, is usually pretty chill.
definitely not looking forward to that, however the saab's water pump wasn't exactly easy had to do it 3 times because the damn o rings wouldn't seatWe should count ourselves luck it is so easy to replace.
I have an 07 BMW with an electric water pump - the pump ECU is integral to the pump and the pump is located between the engine and the suspension.
At around 100k miles some small part of the electronic control module fails requiring the replacement of the entire pump/controller combo, $500 in parts and 5 hours labor at your own rate, or an indy. The pump itself is perfectly functional but because the electronics are mounted on it (and epoxied in to protect against vibration presumably) it is not repairable and so the whole unit must come out.
Read up on what audi & VW drivers have to do. Makes ours seem easy.definitely not looking forward to that, however the saab's water pump wasn't exactly easy had to do it 3 times because the damn o rings wouldn't seat
As for unreliable saabs, find me a reliable japanese car with similar cargo room that can make 260hp for about 3K.