Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 21:39:03 -0500
From: "Trollhattan Auto Parts, Inc." <>
Subject: Re: 1990 9000T Timing Chain job price? wrote: > Hi, > > I was told by the Saab dealer that my timing chain is noisy and it should be > replaced. The dealer wanted over $2000 to do this. That seems like a lot of > money to me. Woo... That is a lot of money. This kind of practice is what gives Saab a bad name. There are three options. First you must avoid this dealer... Wherever you get the repairs done, or if you do them yourself, you can either have a new chain rolled in ( I do not recommend), due to the lack of parts replacement, such as, guides, and worn gears. OR The second option would be to remove the timing cover, and replace the guides chain (solid) tensioner, and re-seal all gaskets on the end of the engine, also inspect the gears for wearing to a point, this is a sign of the need for replacement. OR The third option is only possible if the noise has just started, and that is the replacement of the tensioner only. Tensioner failure is the cause of timing chain failure, without proper tension the chain is allowed to stretch and eventually break. The tensioner is easily replaced without even removing the valve cover, it just screws into the cylinder head. If the noise goes away you have caught it in time, if it does not chances are you need the whole chain & guide replacement, which should not run any more than $700.00 - $1100.00 depending on part pricing and labor rate. Tensioner replacement is a do it yourselfer job. We sell the tensioner for around $ 30.00 and the seal should also be replaced. With a garage, or warm climate, tools, and a manual, the complete chain replacement can be done by a do it yourselfer... If you are interested in parts pricing please feel free to contact me or visit us on the web Return to Main Index

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