1999 Saab 9-5 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 72,000 miles
I just read your piece on “not getting heat" on a 9-5.
My daughter owns a 1999 Saab 9-5. We live in Minnesota and the current temp is about 20 degrees and she is not getting any heat, so this is important!
Here are the particulars:
No heat – either side. Happened suddenly, one day she got into the car and had no heat coming out.
She pused the AUTO and OFF buttons and got the “1 . . . . . . . . 08" which you described in your piece.
However, her fan (blower motor) is not coming on at all (a click but, no sound of the fan coming on) which leads me to believe it is a fuse; but then why would she be getting a code as described above?
I am a “better-than-average" shade tree mechanic but, certainly not a professional – and have never worked on a car as sophisticated as a Saab. I have not looked at her car yet but plan on traveling out to her house this weekend to see what I can find out. I know enough to NOT trust just looking at the fuses and will check them with my VOM and probably just replace it to be safe. Assuming this does NOT fix the problem, what should be my next course of action?
Is the blower motor accessible from under the hood? Can I go someplace under the hood and check resistance of the blower motor - and what should it be?
Some other incidental information – She bought the car used from a private party about a year ago and have been having electrical problems with it.
She just replaced her battery; it died. (Normal – just an FYI)
Her low beam headlights work fine but, not the HIGH beams nor the FOG lights.
Neither cigarette outlets work. Replaced fuse and it blew immediately again. (Indicates a short – but, where?)
..and this happened just once – driving down the road and the info display read “service theft alarm".
Any advice, hints or direction would be greatly appreciated!
Thursday, December 4th, 2008 AT 9:09 AM