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9-3SS Maintenance Schedule
Posted by REM in Seattle [Email] (# 4) [Profile/Gallery] (more from REM in Seattle) on Tue, 30 Dec 2008 21:25:10
In Reply to: 06 93 Aero Maintenance, kkelley, Tue, 30 Dec 2008 21:03:58

Here is the maintenance schedule that I follow. It is a combination of the Saab Maintenance schedule and maintenance advice from this BB.

REM in Seattle
2005 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible; 5-speed; 21,000 miles
1998 Saab 900SET; 5-door; Automatic; 104,000 miles
1984 Saab 900T; 3-door; 5-speed; 242,000 miles (RIP)



Every two weeks:
»Check engine oil level.
»Check power steering fluid level.
»Check brake fluid level.
»Check coolant level.
»Check tire pressure (35 PSI Front & Rear).

Every two months, in addition to the above:
»Check spare tire pressure (60 PSI).
»Check wiper blades and clean glass.
»Check all exterior lights (headlight, brake, turn signal, back-up, etc.) for proper operation.
»Test windshield washer system and top-up fluid.

Once a year, in addition to the above:
»Check engine, drive belts, all hoses, and all vacuum lines for signs of damage or leakage.
»Check engine cooling system, hoses, and cap.
»Check coolant freeze point.
»Clean battery case and check battery terminal connections.
»Check headlight, fog light aim.
»Lubricate door hinges, stops, and locks and check operation.

Every 5,000 to 7,500-miles or 1 year:
»Change engine oil and filter using Mobil 1® 0W-40 Synthetic motor oil every 7,500 miles, or when the oil monitor reads 50% life, whichever comes first.
»Rotate tires,.
»Add 1 bottle of Redline SI-1 Complete Fuel System Cleaner or Chevron Techron Concentrate fuel system cleaner to fuel tank.

'Intermediate Service' when signaled by Service Indicator (8,000-miles minimum to 15,000-miles maximum or 2 years), in addition to the above:
»Replace cabin ventilation air filter.
»Change engine oil and filter using Mobil 1® 0W-40 Synthetic motor oil.
»Check all exterior lights (headlight, brake, turn signal, back-up, etc.) for proper operation.
»Check headlight alignment.
»Check engine coolant level, protection, and leakage.
»Check brake fluid: status and level.
»Check power steering fluid level.
»Check underside of car for damage and fluid leaks.
»Check brake pads.
»Check tire pressure, tread depth and wear
»Check battery condition.
»Check wiper system and top up washer fluid.
»Check condition of drive belt and tensioner.
»Reset service indicator.
»Road test. Check performance of drive train, steering, and brakes, and verify tire balance. Check function of instruments and controls, including horn, windshield wipers, cruise control, and climate system. Note any noises or problems for correction.

'Main Service' every 30,000-mile, in addition to the above:
»Change engine air cleaner element.
»Check shock absorbers and bushings.
»Check inner and outer drive joint boots.
»Check ball joint clearance, outer and inner steering joints and rubber boots.
»Check exhaust system.
»Check brake lines and hoses.
»Check fuel lines and fuel tank.
»Check parking brake function.
»Check lock cylinders, lubricate hinges and door stops.
»Check safety belts; operation and visual inspection
»Check airbag system, SRS warning lamp, visual inspection.
»Reset service indicator.
»Road test. Check performance of drive train, steering, and brakes, and verify tire balance. Check function of instruments and controls, including horn, windshield wipers, cruise control, and climate system. Note any noises or problems for correction.

Every 48-months:
»Change/flush brake system with new brake fluid, and bleed air from brake system.
»Flush the cooling system and refill with 50/50 mix of anti-freeze/coolant.

Every 60,000 miles, in addition to “Main Service”:
»Change spark plugs.
»Change manual transmission fluid.
»Replace serpentine belt.
»Check drive belt tensioner and pulleys.

Every 90,000 miles, in addition to “Main Service”:
»Change fuel filter.

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