Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2003 21:36:07 GMT
From: "Hatchback" <>
Subject: Re: Belt and Pully system in newer saabs

Its been aproblem with all Saabs, not just the newer ones. At 40K on my 92 2.3 I was advised that I was pushing my luck so I took my 9K to the dealer for a new belt and pulleys. When I picked up my car at the end of the day, they had only replaced one pulley, telling me that everyting was fine. Fine untill I turned the key one morning afew months later and the pulley on the tensioner seized and snapped the belt. I had top pay for towing , new belt and of course all new pulleys. Lesson learned. I read somewhere that all the pulleys are too small which results in excessive speed (RPM) which kills the bearings! "Brenden Conte" <> wrote in message > This is an old subject, but since i'm pretty new, i'd figure i'd share > my experience. > > Bought my '99 saab 9-5 in august of '02 with 41k on it. > > at about 44k i had my regular 3000 mile oil change at the same > dealership i bought it from, and used a coupon that came in the paper > for a free checkup. The mechanic said that my pullies were showing > wear, and while they were fine now, they should be repared next tune up. > > two weeks later, after starting the car in about 10F temperatures, (and > running back inside to keep warm while the car warmed), i come out to a > funny smell, no power steering, and that red ! on. Long story short, > one of the pullies aparently froze (i think it was the tentioner), and > the belt kept going, and eventually melted the belt and popped off. > > I brought it to my local dealer at the time, who specialized in > rebuilding and repairing saabs, and he remarked that this was a new, > rather disturbing pattern he was seeing - pullies wearing out at about > 40-50k miles, espeically with the newer model saabs. > > As a final kick in the face, when i had them replaced, several were on > national backorder. I ended up making two repair trips and spending > almost twice as much to replace all the pullies. > > Has anyone experienced this? Is this something that has always existed > with saabs? I've never expereinced this kind of problem with such a > low-milage car, and it seems like a bit of a quality problem, at least > from my eyes. > > I'd like to hear thoughts on this. > > -Brenden >

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