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Date: Sat, 30 Oct 1999 11:45:39 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: '87 900S repair

Robert N. Petersen wrote: > > I recently aquired an '87 900S with manual trans., from my brother. The > odometer broke several years ago, though we suspect that it now has 200,000 > miles. It starts and runs everyday, but it needs the attention of a good > mechanic. Does anyone know an honest, reputable mechanic in Central New > Jersey? I live in California, so nope... > Alternatively, how easy (or difficult) is it to change the spark plugs, Easy... five minutes tops. Pull the spark plug cover, remove the old ones, stick the new ones in. > change the motor oil, Easy... ten minutes tops... Just pull the drain plug (make sure you get the engine oil drain plug - 13mm socket - and not the tranny oil drain plug - 3/8" square drive or 12mm allen.) > replace the alternator bushings, *Royal* PITA - once you do it, it makes sense, but it's still difficult. > replace front E-brake w/ calipers What's wrong? Replacing the calipers is easy, and take only a few minutes. Bleeding the brake system afterwards takes a while. There are some specific adjustments you have to make on pre-1988 Saab 900s so I'd recommend picking up a manual. > replace rear brakes, Pads or calipers or rotors? If you're just doing the pads & rotors it's easy, and shouldn't take more than an hour or two. Replacing the calipers of course requires bleeding the brakes, which takes some time. > replace exhaust including catalytic > converter? Any exhaust shop should be able to do this without an issue. I take my Saabs to a local shop and they always do a fine job - it's all standard parts with nothing fancy. -Justin

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