Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 09:46:22 -0400
From: "Brian Dean" <bjdinncnopsamsouth.net>
Subject: Head Gasket - 1991 Saab 900


1991 Saab 900 2.1 liter (2118 cc) NON-Turbo 105,000 miles 5 spd standard w/air conditioning I noticed a bit of water missing from the radiator, a week later noticed a bit more water missing, some gray smoke in the exhaust, and have confirmed water in the oil. I assume this is a failed cylinder head gasket. Any advise on the job in front of me would be helpful. I have done a few head gaskets and the fun parts always include removal of the exhaust and intake manifolds, getting the crank and cam timing marks aligned coming off and going back on, and getting the head back on in a straight down fashion as to not damage the gasket and position everything correctly...etc... I noticed in the Saab Bentley service manual that they have a guide pin to help with the removal and installation process. It seems to allow for a smooth up-off and down-on alignment of the cylinder head... anyone familiar with this special guide tool and its utility? If I'm careful... do I really need it? Any other comments or procedures that you folks might know that could assist? Any specific head gasket I should be buying ... I assume a factory Saab gasket ? thanks again Brian

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