I have a 96 saab 9000 i just bought it has brown sludge in antifreeze i checked the compresion #1 180 psi #2 180psi #3 140psi #4 170psi i am guesing its a head gasket any one have any thoughts? thanks.
if you have experience with saabs and are able to take one of these engines apart then change the head gasket if not don't risk nothing usually when you have a blown head gasket you smell a sweet smell when the car is sitting at an IDLE and most blown head gaskets I've seen there was a mixture of oil and intifreez in the tank and comming out the exaust
I think i will see what the dealership will do maybee they will send me a headgasket set and bolts then i will do it myself. if i give the car to them they will probably put some stop leak in the antifreeze and call it a day. i dont usualy buy of dealers but i could not pass the price, i bought the car last minute at night so never noticed the brown slime. it seemed a little bit down on power but i thought it was jut me. oops;oops: i am used to 900 non turbo's i havent seen this isue with one of those yet, probably because they dont have a turbo to lift the head? thanks for replies.
oil in the water usually = blown head gasket. If you don't feel up to it yourself I'd take it to a local specialist rather than a main dealer, these small independents have a rep to protect the main dealers just don't care. Where do you live maybe someone can suggest somwhere.