Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 13:03:27 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Oils/Fluids for 900T

Saab85900 wrote: > > >James F. Causey wrote: > >1) Since this car has a turbocharger, would synthetic oil be a good idea? > > I wouldn't run an engine on anything but synthetic. I recommend using a good > engine flush first (AMSOIL and BG are the best I know or). If you don't, or > won't, use a flush, put the synthetic in and plan to change the oil filter at > 1000 miles, and probably again at 3000 (or drain the oil then, if it seems > dirty). Mbbil 1 is also a very good synthetic, as is Redline - you'll probably only find Mobil 1 in a Pep Boys or such, and will have to hunt or mail order the others. > >2) Is it difficult to drain, flush (where appropriate) and fill the power > >steering and gearbox (manual) oils, and coolant? > > No. Power steering--you can suck out and refill the reservoir. Disconnect > the return line (low pressure). Start the car and keep pouring fresh into the > reservoir until it comes clean. Or, suck out what you can and refill. > Drive a bit to mix, and repeat. Should clean up after 3-4 times. I'd do it > this way with fresh power steering fluid (to get it clean0, then do it with > AMSOIL synthetic ATF 3-4 times. You shouldn't use ATF in a the p/s system - best to stick with real power steering fluid. ATF can (and ultimately will) damage the seals. Some cars are cool with this, Saab is definitely not. > The owner of the shop which works on my Saab and Volvo uses AMSOIL Series 2000 > 75W-90 in his personal Saab, and won't think of anything else. Many folks like > the RedLine, too. Or you cna use a synthetic 10W-30. Also Mobil 1 makes a synthetic gear oil - I've used it and Redline on various Saabs, and I musty say I preferred the Mobil 1. Whatever you use, definitely go synthetic and you won't regret it. -Justin

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