High hopes. That’s what the drivers of Fart-hinder Racing had going into the dual 7-hour ChumpCar World Series weekend at Brainerd International Raceway. The new car, a 1999 9-3S, was dubbed “Fart-Kontroll”, Swedish for Speed Trap. It had done well in testing. A bit faster than the 900 and with several costly additions such as Voigtland springs and solid motor mounts. After a couple of weekends adding necessary safety upgrades and making it more user friendly for our tastes, we had few worries about its potential. It was registered as #196, to complement the other car’s #96. The 9-3 is now part of the Fart-hinder Racing stable. Likewise the 900, entered under the familiar Fart-hinder name, was ready to go. There was that annoying gearbox leak, but checking at each pit stop and topping off as necessary had worked for us at the World Racing League race in May. The
If you ever find yourself in the market for a used car, it’s always a good idea to go to an online forum or group to research the collective knowledge of the geeks that have experience with the car model you are interested in. If you are ever looking for a used SAAB, the scary word ‘Sludge’ is inevitable to come up very quickly. In the early years of the B205 and B235 redesigned motors, a flaw with the PCV system allowed oil to collect in areas without circulating, gathering impurities and descending into the deep dark land of sludge. Here’s the quick and dirty way to tell if your car might be in danger of having a sludge problem: 1. You have a SAAB 9-3 with a B205 or B235 4cylinder engine manufactured before 2002 (03 convertible). 2. You have a SAAB 9-5 with a B235 engine manufactured in
The Weatherly Hill Climb on September 13-14 was the last PHA event for the year. eEuroparts Motorsport members Gary Reider and Jason Morris were entered in their 86 SAAB 900′s along with Jeff Henderson, Paul Havranek, and Erica Jacobson in SAABs, all good eEuroparts.com customers of course! Gary was the only SAAB entrant that had run this event before. The course is fairly good asphalt with a mix of fast and slower tight corners. This is a one mile course with about a 500 foot elevation rise. The sides are lined with rocks and guide rail and some very large ditches that can swallow a car. After the 5th uphill turn there is a hump where most faster cars get airborne and then drop downhill for a fast sweeping 4th gear run to the finish. The total entry in all classes was about 78 cars. In our class (Street modified Front
Programming the 9442982 Volvo Alarm Remote As with most cars approaching 20 years of age, things that you are in contact with a lot will start to degrade and fail. The 9442982 alarm remote is one of those things. The remote fits any 850 mid ’96 (sedan from VIN# T1290074 on FC1, sedan from VIN# T2288792 on FC2, wagon from chassis # 197208 on) -97, 960 from mid ’96 (sedan from chassis # 85160 on, wagon from chassis # 31388 on) with the wireless alarm system installed. This is a DIY, so without further ado, let’s get started. 1. The Volvo system which uses the 9442982 remote will accommodate up to 4 remotes. However, if you are planning on using this many, they all must be programmed at the same time. 2. All doors, hood, and trunk must be securely closed, with other electronics such as lights, radio, HVAC off.
Remember when the Toyota Prius was the ultimate smug machine? Here in 2014, the hybrid scene is suddenly sent off-kilter by a fresh threat in the super gas [station] passing contest, clean diesel. It’s a fact that diesel fueled machines run the economy. An extremely high percentage (well over 90%) of all major work machinery in America is powered by diesel, but now the consumer world is being flooded with small, highly efficient diesel powered passenger vehicles. The main reason for the sudden influx of diesel cars to the consumer market is based on a few things, but mostly due to recent technological advances that puts a green label on a propulsion system associated historically with billowing black clouds of heavy polluting soot and NOx. The EPA has always had a bit of problem with diesel, but couldn’t do much about it because of how important it was for US