Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 17:20:23 GMT
From: WetSprocketnopsamnet (WetSprocket)
Subject: Help! New Saab owner cannot change the oil.

I bought 3 months ago a '96 9000 CS from a fleet sale at the local dealer. It is my first SAAB. I crawl under the air dam to change the oil at 5,000 miles AND I CANNOT FIND THE OIL DRAIN PLUG! The Owner's Manual shows the plug where you would expect it to be, but there is neither casting nor plug at the bottom of the sump pan. I have not seen the car from below a rack, and I have no way at present to jack the thing up and explore further. So please, anyone, if you could help me to change my own oil (appropriately disposed of) I would appreciate it. I feel like an idiot! Do you: 1. Open the large gland bolt by the oil filter to drain the sump; or 2. After crawling (barely) under the air dam, reach the (I'm guessing) 13mm bolt on the back, vertical side of the sump; or am I missing something completely by not having the thing lifted and raising my cost of an oil change to $75.00? Perplexed DIYS in Chevy Chase, MD. Any response appreciated.

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