Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 12:14:56 GMT
From: - Bob - <>
Subject: Re: Help needed! 900s or 900 se?

On Wed, 07 Jul 2004 05:01:33 GMT, "James Sweet" <> wrote: >As for your post, I did understand it, $35 isn't a huge deal and replacement >sounds simple enough, but there's a zillion things $35 could be used for at >the moment so it's not completely trivial to dump it into replacing part of >the car that may well be in fine condition. I'm all for conservative maintenance... but, since there's no test for it, and 99% of owners don't know that they burst spontaneously over 50K miles (meaning that used cars usually have the original), I consider it required. You can't tell when they are going to go, and if they break, you call a tow truck. This is one of the top "it went and stranded me" posts on the NG900. When I hung around the Saabnet BBS, there were monthly posts of woe. Saab eliminated this pulley in later 9~3 designs (testimony to its problems). If you don't change the belt, you can replace the pulley with a single socket wrench in about 10 minutes. (You can check the belt for wear if you don't want to replace that).

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