The Saab 96 had a very rich and distinguished history. While the 96 retained the body work and look of its predecessor, the 92, it was a different beast altogether. A compact, 2-door coupe, the 96 housed a 1598 cc V4 engine. When this was paired with its lighter, sleeker frame, it resulted in a fast and nimble ride. This combination made it a successful export for Sweden, and it gained a great deal of popularity all over the world. The thing was that it actually managed to look as stylish, classy, yet powerful as it was on the insidein its heyday, the 96 flew off the shelves wherever it was sold.
Unlike many other cars, the Saab 96 had a number of historic landmarks that set it apart from other cars. First, it was a successful racer. Erik Carlsson drove the 96 in many international rallies, and two successive victories in Monte Carlo in 1962 and 63, definitely made driver and ride world-famous. Second, it was unbeatable in speed. As recently as 2011, a 1966 96 driven by Alex LaFortune set a new speed record at 110 mphnot bad for a car that was then 45 years old already! Lastly, the 96 featured in many popular shows of the dayMission: Impossible being one of its best performances!
Today, the Saab 96 is a highly valued prize for many collectorsas a showroom restoration piece and even as a drivable refurbishing job. This is because it is still as reliable, dependable, and safe as when it first came outthat's even when you put the 96 side by side with today's stricter safety standards. The fact that there are so many amazing Saab 96 parts still out in the market has helped to encourage people to bring a lot of them back into the streets of America! So while history is long in the past, clearly, the Saab 96 still has longer story to tell.
How can I tell if the car has a charging problem? I'd like to know the tell-tale signs. This way, I could check the charging system of the vehicle even before it creates a problem.
You should have the vehicle's charging system checked or tested if you start to have difficulty starting the vehicle, if it takes several attempts before the engine would finally crank. If it seems like the headlights are dimming, the bulbs or electrical connections aren't always the ones to blame. It can also be that the charging system is malfunctioning, which affects the power output. If the battery seems to have low voltages, that's another reason for you to have the components of the charging system tested. Proper diagnosis will lead to proper solution. So before it's too late, you should have the different parts of the system checked to identify which is at fault.
Why do alternators fail? I have a defective alternator on my Saab 96, and I'm currently shopping around for a replacement.
The alternator can get overloaded, and when it does, it overheats and eventually fails. This can lead to a dead battery. Find out which accessory or equipment is overloading the alternator. A high-amp sound system, for instance, can be the cause of the overload. In which case, you'll need to install a high-output alternator just to meet the requirements. Before you replace the alternator, it would be best to have this tested to confirm breakage or failure. Through the test, it will be revealed if the alternator is able to deliver the rated amp capacity. When shopping around for a replacement, take note of the amp rating. This should match the original. Also consider the size and other specs.
When I hit the brakes, I can hear some hissing sounds. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, but then the brake pedal becomes quite hard to push unlike before. What seems to be the trouble here?
The hiss you hear whenever you apply the brakes can be due to a vacuum leak, when air is escaping. A bad brake vacuum booster can be the one causing this problem. With a defective booster, you may not be able to rely on your vehicle's power braking. That's why you should have the brake booster checked right away to confirm the issue. It would be best not to drive the vehicle until this has been properly diagnosed and the brake problem has been fixed. Without reliable brakes, driving safety will be compromised.
I noticed brake pedal pulsations whenever I step on the pedal? What's this telling me?
Persistent brake pulsations may be caused by warped rotors. You should then check the rotors for any sign of damage or wear and see if they can be resurfaced or already need to be replaced. Other than this, you may also want to check the lug nuts of the wheels when the brakes pulsate under normal braking conditions. They could be loose and would need to be re-tightened according to the torque specifications of the manufacturer.