Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 01:39:18 -0600
From: "mike" <>
Subject: Re: Special tool 4 serpertine

job done, great info, exact procedures for the job.. saved over $200.00 plus bucks, belt cost $21.00, hope others catch this info who just ran into a belt replacement for a Saab 9000.. thanks dave for info.. here is a good Saab 9000/ 900 tech page... cheers mike.. Dave Wysocki <> wrote in message news:37e7ad77$0$ > Hi Mike: > I just did this on my '93 9000 CSE, and it's quite easy. Take a > length of 3/16"-1/4" scrap metal, about 8" long x 1" wide, and drill two > holes for 5/16" bolts in it 115mm apart (or 130mm - the Haynes manual > has one set of specs, a back issue of "Nines" [#230??] has different > specs). The bolts should be about 1-1/2" long, with a nut on each to > hold the bolt in place, and an extra nut near the end of one bolt to > keep it from slipping off the tensioner . If the belt is still on the > car, pull down on it hard to compress the tensioner spring; if it's > already off, use a lever to compress it. That's all there is to it. > Anybody else doing this should be sure to replace both idler pulleys & > the belt at the same time. > Good luck! > > Dave Wysocki > '93 9000 CSE 130K > '84 900s 400K > > Message by mike <> on: 9/21/99 4:29:51 AM > >I drive a 93 SAAB 9000CS, 97000 miles.. Well the idler pulley finally > >failed, bearing locked up.. I got the spindle I needed from a great SAAB mom > >and pop place $21.00. Same item from the dealer $97.00, U get a extra useful > >(but not damming) washer and the bolt. In addition, picked up the secondary > >spindle for $35.00, (prices much better than from the SAAB dealer). Anyways, > >a special tool is needed to compress a small spring unit to make you to be > >able to put the SERPENTINE belt over all the equipment, the belt controls, > >i.e.. A/C, PWR steeing, alternator, water pump etc. well call me cheap... > >is there a way to make a garage version of the tool or can someone point me > >where to buy the real deal tool..???? > >Mom and Pop place do not loan tools, figure the SAAB dealer.... any help or > >suggestions are welcomed.. After all the web searching, no one mentions this > >common problem w/ 93 SAAB's.. hopes this query helps others with there car > >on jacks waiting for a tip.. thanks.. from Denver Colorado SAAB owner... > > > > > >

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