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Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 06:07:58 GMT
From: Ywan Mason <>
Subject: Re: 60, 90k service

The factory recommends those procedures for a reason, they need to be done. If you want the car to perform as it was designed and for as long as it can, service it properly. Most of the major service items are fluids, filters, and parts which, with mileage, become contaminated and worn. One additional item is the thermostat which our shop changes as preventative maintainence every 30K. Compare the $20 it costs to a $1000 head job should it fail and the engine overheat enough to damage the head gasket. Compare the $25 cost of a fuel filter to the $3-400 fuel pump burning itself out trying to pump fuel through a clogged filter or the $150 each injectors clogged when the filter passes crud along to them. Compare the tow bill when the $7 ignition rotor burns out and leaves you beside the road. Compare the $20 air filter to the ring job when grit gets in and destroys the rings and cylinder walls or the catalytic converter when the engine can't breath and runs rich from the clogged filter or misfiring plugs. Compare the cost of your funeral to $10 worth of brake fluid that would have replaced the moisture contaminated stuff in the car now that boiled when you hit the brakes coming off that exit ramp and caused you to fail to stop. Look in the brake reservoir now. New brake fluid is clear, or just amber at the darkest. What color is that mess in there now? Brown? Black? That is from the absorption of moisture and heat. The moisture not only boils at a much lower temp than brake fluid turning to a gaseous steam which is compressible and will not move a brake piston should you hit the brakes, it also causes rust in the brake system which will pit and cause seal failure. It goes on and on. The pay me now or pay me later saying holds true for any car, especially Saabs. Servicing the car is preventative maintainence, preventing future failure. Neglect it and you are looking for trouble on any car. You can skimp on the valve adjusting, but run the risk of a valve tightening up and burning, though this is rare. It costs $10 for the valve gasket and 5 minutes time to check the valve adjustment though, seldom are any out of the specs, but if one happened to be out, you would catch it before it got to the point of really costing you some money. Same with all the other items on the major service list. The services insure the car will continue to run problem free. Climbing off his soapbox now, Happy Holidays, Ywan Mason

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