Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 20:29:50 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com>
Subject: Re: Car gone in for new tensioner and chain.


In article <1065809598.1514.0nopsama.uk.clara.net>, grunff232nopsam.com spouted forth into alt.autos.saab... > MeatballTurbo wrote: > > > Well, they couldn't do the wheel bearing, because the metal work below > > the bushes was ripping when they tried unload the wish bone, to seperate > > the ball joint. But he reckoned that it would be fine until Xmas when I > > get my new Holiday entitlement. > > Oooh - nasty. Never seen that before. What did they use as a > spacer? Something very sharp?? Well I did notice one side can't remember which had been flattened rather than having the arch on it before. It was trying to anchor the spacer that ripped the metal. He recommended using a piece of 5mm square bar, and and then plating both side of it. Looks like both arches could do with the same treatment. When Burnells did my last wheel bearing on the drivers side, they said that it looked like the old one had been hammered in judgeing by the marks on the hub (looks like one replaced had been butchered in, and maybe both had been done at the same time). Previous to my ownership the car had been maintained almost exclusively by SarbKar in Liverpool. The same people that just capped off the feed to the dump valve, rather than replacing it when it started to leak. Wonder who else could have done the wheel bearings before, and made such a bugger of the job. > > They did the cam chain, and since they have sorted the timing at the > > same time, it will now boost and hold at the border line orange/red even > > in fifth, and that is on Sainsbury's 95 ron Premium. Wonder what it > > would do on Super, or Optimax, or if the local stations get it, BP > > Ultimate (100 Ron). > > Superb, sounds good. Oh it is. No rattle, idles much better, even when cold, just have the brake servo thing to sort, to stop it quacking. Goes like stink, gearbox even sounds quieter now, wonder if a mount was loose, and it was vibrating, and that was what was making the shift awkward too? > > The Behemoth goes like a rocket ship now, and while I didn't break the > > speed limit, I left a Beamer 325 for dead earlier on a twisty National > > speed limit road coming home. And he wasn't just sitting behind. > > Yeah, that happens. I want to spook the Boxster and M3 at work now. This will be fun. > > Whoohoo. The 9k can wait. this one is getting some work done. > > 9ks are great, but will never make you grin like a c900 will. Found out the 9k CDE I had was an 2.0 LPT, I thought CDE's where either 2.0 FPT, 2.3 FPT or 2.3 injection? Went well, a lot smoother than mine, but I imagine that they keep them in mechanical top notch, it had 159k on it. The other loanwe that I was supposed have had no fuel in, it was a 9k XS, with 208k miles, looked in even better mechanical condition. BTW, i was charged 217.14 for the new chain, a second hand new type tensioner to replace the old type one. A new top guide. A rocker cover gasket. And 2 hours labour. Plus all the bonus tune up, and tidy work they seem to have done. -- Carl Robson (The poster formerly known as Skodapilot) http://www.bouncing-czechs.com

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