Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 18:17:12 GMT
From: Riff <>
Subject: Re: 5W50 synthetic oil grade

how much would the loabor be? Justin VanAbrahams wrote: > > Bart L. Grossman wrote: > > > > Can I change the crankshaft oil seal at timing chain end. The book says I can, > > after removing the A/C v-belts and the alternator. I keep trying to get up > > the nerve to do it, but it looks harder than hell to reach. I tried going up > > from below and contorted my arm unnaturally just to touch the crankshaft > > pulley. I have an '86 900S 16 Valve w/ Automatic Transmission . > > You can indeed. It's been over a year since I did the job on my '85, > and I had my mechanic do it on my '88 ... It isn't a fun job, but > certainly doable without removing the engine from the car. I'm > not a big person (5'11", 170lbs) so I generally find myself able to > contort into the necessary positions - maybe that's why my shoulder > is killing me right now... :) As I recall, I removed the pulley from > the top, but replaced the seal from the bottom. You need a really > long wrench in order to do it - I used a regular 3/8" socket and > slipped the spark plug wrench (that came with the car!) over the > end to get myself the extra length. :) Also, a pair of good-sized > needle nose pliers helps get the seal out if a screwdriver fails. > > > I agree with your stance on fixing leaks and it is painful to add a quart of > > oil every 500 miles. If the engine must be removed, what would be a reasonable > > price for the job at the Saab dealer. Thanks. > > Under no circumstances should the engine have to be removed. If > you can't get to it yourself (which would certainly be understandable!) > your dealer or independant Saab mechanic should have no problem > doing it. Aside from actual engine or tranny rebuilds, I'm not > readily aware of any repair in a classic 900 which requires the > removal of the engine except maybe the timing chain... > > If the engine does need to come out for another reason, it's > not a major deal. You'll pay through the nose for it - I'm > guessing four to six hours each direction. But really, this > should *not* be necessary and is probably not advisable. > > One thing I might advise when you do this: Be sure you don't > need the car the next day. The main pulley can and does wear > over time, and as long as you have it off, it's a good idea to > inspect it and replace it at the same time if necessary. If > you don't need the car the next day, you can order the part if > you need it... :) They are not very expensive, IIRC. > > Good luck! > > -Justin

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