99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

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99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby hjaynes » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:29 am

I am new to owning Saabs. I have a 99 9-3 and I love the car. However, about a week ago I started hearing a noise that has gotten progressively louder over a few days time. I stopped turning wrenches twenty years ago and I'm still taking this to a great independent Saab mechanic I have used in the past but I thought I would see what you might think it is based on the noise. I've recorded thirty seconds from my iphone and have uploaded it to YouTube.

Thanks again for your input.

Harold

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mEHuffYryY
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Re: 99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby StrictlySaab » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:02 am

Either your waterpump or a/c compressor. Highly recommend not driving it or letting the engine run anymore. The waterpump pulley will dig a hole into the timing cover when the bearing fails. Usually a 14hr job to replace the timing cover on a B204 engine. If its your compressor, damage to the belt and plastic pulleys can result from excessive heat transfer from the failed compressor bearing. For either, be sure to stick with OE parts. Sanden for the compressor and Saab brand for the waterpump.
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Re: 99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby hjaynes » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Thank you so much for your response. I appreciate it!
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Re: 99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby StrictlySaab » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:08 am

Harold,
Whats the diagnosis?
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Re: 99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby hjaynes » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:13 pm

Not sure yet. Been out of town and just got back and was going to have it towed today. Tried to start it, it ran for a second... now it doesn't sound like it's even turning over... grrrrrr.... I love this car too!
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Re: 99 9-3 convertible with LOUD noise under the hood

Postby hjaynes » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:00 pm

It actually was the water pump ... I don't know if the pulley attached was warped or what but no noise now.

Now is I can only figure out why my ABS / brake lights come on and speedometer stops working intermittently I'll be a happy camper!

Thank you for the feedback.
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