Date: 10 Mar 2005 15:05:47 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <DaveHinznospamcop.net>
Subject: Re: Major heart surgery needed to my 9-5 SE


On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 14:21:36 +0000, Grunff <grunffnospam.com> wrote: > turkishjim wrote: >> Last night my beloved 1997 Saab 9-5 suffered a major breakdown and I'm >> looking for help in deciding what to do. I bought the car 3 years ago >> with 90K miles on the clock and have added a further 65K myself. Of >> late the engine has been burning more oil, and for the last few days >> sounding a bit "tappety". Last night the engine cut out and would not >> restart (at an unlit busy T-junction of course!) and inspection >> revealed smoke coming out of the oil filler tube and the horrible >> greasy yellow foam suggesting a blown head gasket. >> I was recovered to my local car mechanic where the car is serviced, >> and my diagnosis was confirmed. As major work is needed to replace the >> head gasket it makes sense to replace the cam followers at the same >> time, and fitting new piston rings might improve oil consumption. > > > This is crazy. Unless the engine has been seriously abused, there is *no > way* it would need tappets and piston rings at 90k. Not even at 190k. > > Why do you believe this is required? Could this be the PCV/sludge problem with the B235?

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