Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 16:11:28 GMT
From: "Geoff" <>
Subject: Re: Cracked sump on a '95 900; Is there anything I can do short of replacing it....

Well- the permanent fix would be to weld it. Best done with the sump removed, but if the crack is accessible, I suppose it could be done with the engine in place. You could also try an adhesive patch like epoxy -- or I've seen a new flexible super glue (cyanoacrylate - I don't know what you call it over there - the stuff that will glue your finger tips together in 5 seconds). If the glue thing doesn't work, you might have to remove the sump to have it welded, but it's a thick aluminum casting so there's no reason you can't weld it. I *think* you can remove the sump with the engine/trans in place, in which case you're looking at a few quid for the welding and probably 15 for a new gasket. But even if you have to have the shop remove/reinstall it, the total should be about half what they're quoting. Geoff MJ Rabin wrote in message <>... >Hello, > >Last week I brought my '95 Saab 900 for its UK MOT certificate. I had known >for a while that the car leaked oil. It had since I had bought it about a >year ago and my mother-in-law was the first to draw my attention to it when >I parked it on her nice paving stones! But I had thought the leaking oil was >down to improper installation of the oil filter or a bad gasket on the oil >plug. Wishful thinking I suppose. However, while up on the lift, it was >brought to my attention that there was a very small hairline fracture on the >aluminium oil sump that a small amount of oil was leaking from. You could >obviously see where the previous owner had grounded the sump over a speed >bump or some such thing as they were big gouges on the leading edge of the >sump. I can't remember ever grounding the car so severely myself. The garage >gleefully told me that a new sump would be about 400 and that it would take >a lot of labour to replace. My question is, is there anyway I don't have to >go to the expense and bother of replacing the sump with a brand new one, or >do I even have to replace the sump if I keep the car topped up with oil. I >check the oil quite frequently and it rarely seems low, and when it does I >simply top it up. Can I simply keep on with this regime. Alternatively, is >there anyway to repair the sump without replacing it. > >Any ideas or help would be appreciated. > >Yours, Jeff Rabin > >

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