Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 22:27:27 +0200
From: "Massey Heide" <jemassenopsamne.no>
Subject: Re: 9000 Cyl Head Gasket Leaks


Hi, I did it on my 88 9000T about 3 years ago since I did not want to pay the Saab dealer price here in Norway. They reckoned on 10 hours labour (at over 50 USD an hour) and it took me at least twice as long, but cured the problem completely. There are lots of bits to remove but if you just follow the manual (Haynes for example) it just takes time, assuming your exhaust manifold studs do not break off ... Drilling them out if they do is difficult. If you have a turbo the manifold has to come off, but I think it is just possible without on an i. Worst job was loosening the camshaft sprockets. The bolts are held on with loctite and can be very tight. You need very good open ended spanners that can stop the cam turning and a socket with a long arm for the bolts. I used my torque wrench but still managed to crack a couple of ribs holding the open enders. Other than that you just need the special torx socket for the head bolts and the correct gaskets and new stretch bolts etc and just follow the book exactly. Good luck. Jeremy Massey 88 9000 T

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