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I love my 2001. It has 112,000 miles runs good but A/C is gonzo and now the power steering hose is leaking. My mechanic says this is a $1500 to $2000 repair. OUCH. Is there a cheap fix? Is is worth spending that much $$ on it. Will it go 150 -175k miles??? Many thanks
 

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Please explain "AC is gonzo" and where the leak is, not very helpful in your description and welcome to SaabCentral
 

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Welcom to the forum!!!! Is the car a 4 or 6cyl? This time of the year; are we talking about AC or Heating? Did you try to re-calibrate the AC system for codes?




SAAB ACC codes. Press AUTO & OFF simultaneously to view.-


CODE
ITEM
Open/Short
Jammed
Loose
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ACC internal fault
02
cabin temp sensor

03
solar sensor

04
left mixed air temp sensor

05
right mixed air temp sensor

06
left blend door

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left blend door

08
left blend door

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right blend door

10
right blend door

11
right blend door

12
air distribution motor

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air distribution motor

14
air distribution motor

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17
18
heater valve solenoid

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heater circulation pump

20
control circuit blower
check fan control
21
Recirculate motor

22
Reflash per SB 271-2206

23
control module sensor ground
missing


 

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AC gonzo & PS leak $$$

Please explain "AC is gonzo" and where the leak is, not very helpful in your description and welcome to SaabCentral
I meant the A/C does not work since my mechanic says up to $2K for fix the Power Steering leak should I quit now and cut my losses?

The mechanic says he can see the leak in the hose at a connection point but that he has to pull the engine to get at it it replace the hose.
Thanks Y'all
 

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TX,that's what I have been doing,but that SAAB PS fluid is $$$$. Will teh hose blow at soem point or just keep leaking?
 

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So the ac will not work, lets see, does it blow warm air? not blow at all? can you adjust the temp? please tell us more we can;t relly diagnose "ac does not work" ( did he say you have a bad compressor? does it not hold a charge? ) come one help us out here to help you....

Answer our questions Please!!! Does the leakin hose leak alot? what hose is it wehre is it leaking ahve you tried leak stop for Power steering?
 

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So the ac will not work, lets see, does it blow warm air? not blow at all? can you adjust the temp? please tell us more we can;t relly diagnose "ac does not work" ( did he say you have a bad compressor? does it not hold a charge? ) come one help us out here to help you....

Answer our questions Please!!! Does the leakin hose leak alot? what hose is it wehre is it leaking ahve you tried leak stop for Power steering?
Also when the AC is engaged can you see the clutch start on the compressor?
 

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Based on you posts, I think you need a Toyota
Agreed :)

Just buy the stuff in bulk 55 gallon drums! then it'll be cheap. Keep it in your garage with a spiget at the bottom so you can refill small containers. Or better yet - hose right into the engine for when you park overnight.
 

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If the power steering is leaking at the junction behind the right front wheel and your mechanic says he needs to pull the engine to fix it then he is an idiot.

I cut out the bad/rusted pipe and replaced the junction with $35.00 worth of compression fittings purchased from a hydraulics shop.
 

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If the power steering is leaking at the junction behind the right front wheel and your mechanic says he needs to pull the engine to fix it then he is an idiot.

I cut out the bad/rusted pipe and replaced the junction with $35.00 worth of compression fittings purchased from a hydraulics shop.

AWESOME Thanks very much. you DA MAN
 

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Still haven’t figured out yet how many cylinders your car has :confused:; I'll give you a clue you have two choices.
 

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Might want to look for a new mechanic too :lol:
The only expensive AC repair is the old method of fixing the Code 08 fault which cost over $1K. The new repair method for this fault should be under $200 now, parts & labor.

Unless the evaporator is toast, in which case it doesn't really matter since replacement evaporators are no longer available. :(
 
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