Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 15:07:01 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Saabtech" <>
Subject: Re: Car gone in for new tensioner and chain.

"MeatballTurbo" <> wrote in message > In article <bme7si$4ne$>, > says... > > I have the proper SAAB tool for changing the chain by joining the old chain > > with the new, use the split link provided with the open ended chain and then > > press the new link in with the tool. But don`t use a split link to permantly > > join the chain as the guides are U shaped and will pull off the split link, > > You can peen over the pins with a hammer and punch if you are carefull, Many > > old boy motorcyclists are wizard at it. A better way of relieving the > > tension on the ball joints is to jack up the front of the car, place an axle > > stand under the wishbone at the ball joint and gently lower until the shock > > lower mount can be undone, pull off shock at the bottom, jack back up , > > voila. I use a transmission jack with the cradle removed [when on the two > > poster] to push up the lower swivel then undo the shock. I still can obtain > > the proper SAAB wedges for 8.31 + vat if anyone wants one. Regards Tom. > > > > The guys at the garage were using the proper Saab Spacer/Wedge, when the > metal tore on him. he had explained what needs to be done to > repair/brace and strengthen it, so he can go back to doing the wheel > bearing. > > He's checked it out. The bearing has just started to knock, rather than > terminally gone, and should be OK, until I can get back to them to get > it replaced. > -- > The poster formerly known as Skodapilot. > Having just reread wot I wrote, the point I was trying to make didn`t really come across, What I meant was that having the timing chain tool makes a new chain a viable proposition on older cars where doing it the long way round would probably be too costly. Regarding the tool to relieve the load on the ball joints, I wasn`t trying to say the garage who did your work were not doing their job properly, Using the correct tool on older vehicles can cause the metal underneath to fracture and indeed has happened to me a few times. I was trying to say that I have access to the tool if someone wants one for their own use. A case in point of me not engaging brain before pressing keys, and too much stella at the weekend

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