When your SAAB 900 transmission fails, you’re at a crossroads. Do you sell the car, part it out, or try to replace the transmission? If you decide that the car is worth repairing and you’re looking for a good used transmission, I share with you a recent experience of mine that may help you choose a keeper. Finding a good used Saab 900 transmission can be a gamble. Even if all the indicators are there, you will really never know for certain until you get it in the car and try it out. I have heard a few horror stories, but overall, the good transmission stories have outnumbered the bad. What I realized was that sometimes (especially with a transmission), there are little things that are unique enough to not fit the typical obvious diagnosis. Try everything that you can to get an idea of the problem, and visualize every
What an end to an exciting season! Prescott Rally 2016 marks one year competing in rally, my first event having been Prescott Rally 2015 one year ago, with the same driver Andy Cowan, in the same car, Andy’s 1990 VW Jetta. We were hoping for a better result than 2015, having lost a wheel an unable to continue with only 6 miles left! Everything went smoother than a year ago, from running recce, to getting the car through tech inspection. A year’s worth of experience has brought a new calm to Andy and my operations. After tech inspection, we were blessed with enough time for a nap and a relaxing break before the Competitor’s briefing. We started with a long transit up to Jerome, AZ on Friday to begin the rally with the iconic First View stage, which includes a large exposure for the first 4 miles of the stage.
The DISA valve is a component situated in many BMW intake manifolds, and is vital to the smooth operation of the engine. DISA stands for the German “Differenzierte Sauganlage” which basically means Differentiated Intake, and the valve for it is often called (at least in our catalog) an Intake Manifold Adjusting Unit. Rough driving, loss of power, and increased fuel consumption can all be caused by a failing DISA valve, which is a known failure point. It is, afterall, situated right on top of the engine, plugged straight into the intake manifold. There were a few variations of the system, but to truly diagnose if your DISA valve is bad, it helps to understand a little bit of the background theory (which I will go over for the tech geeks out there at the end of this post). The nitty gritty of it is that this is a car part
The last time Team Sahlen visited Mid Ohio was at the 2015 season finale for the American Endurance Racing series. It’s been over a year since then. This will once again be the season finale for the American Endurance Racing Series in 2016 and we are ready! At last season’s Mid-Ohio race, Team Sahlen secured a 1st place finish in both Saturday and Sunday’s 8 ½ hour Endurance Races with their #43 & #41 Porsche Caymans. Since that event, we also entered the season opening event for American Endurance Racing in 2016 at the Sahlen’s Sports Car Springfest at the Glen. This event saw Team Sahlen capture the Saturday 8 ½ hour endurance event. Then on Sunday’s event Team Sahlen ran a hard fought fight that saw the team miss out on 1st place by only 20 seconds after 8 ½ hours of racing. With the ever increasing level of
OK OK so it wasn’t exactly a hurricane by the time the low pressure moved through central New England, but it sure did impact this one. As kind of our perennial favorite ‘last show of the year’, Staggered has now come and gone. After a seemingly endless summer, we were excited to load up and head out to one of the closest shows on the calendar, right up in Springfield, MA in the Big E fairgrounds. If you aren’t a New Englander, the Big E (also known as the Eastern States Exposition) is a ridiculously huge urban fairground with many permanent buildings. Be sure to make it out around the end of September to be left in awe of what a regional fall fair can provide. Anyway, the week after the big one, Staggered takes over and fills the fairground with show cars. This is an all-makes-invited exposition with an