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Date: 27 Oct 2004 14:36:58 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Saab 99 questions and status

On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 19:06:00 -0400, dorf <> wrote: > > "Dave Hinz" <> wrote in message > > >> Well, I know when it's at TDC, but #1 and #4 both are at the same time. >> My solution (will try tonight perhaps) is to leave only spark plug >> for #1 in, take the other 3 out. There will only then be compression >> on one out of 4 TDC's, and it'll be the one for #1. > Perhaps I'm a bit sloppy, but I check for TDC on #1, and install the > distributor. If the timing is not right, I must be 180 out. True, it's not like I'm going to hurt anything if I guess wrong, it just won't fire. I guess I tend to overanalyze these sorts of things sometimes. >> I don't follow that at all? How does taking the valve cover off help my > oil >> priming, or are you saying I can watch for oil at the camshaft to know > that >> the system is full, or ??? > Yes, look for oil at the camshaft. Will do. That solves my "which TDC" question as well, and I already noticed that this valve cover gasket leaks. Grr. The B-engine's valve cover is one of my least favorite things on that car, closely matched by the water pump. I've got a new cork one, but I'm leaning towards permatex for this one I think unless someone here gives me a good reason to avoid it there. >> There is an aluminum (or aluminium, if you prefer) cover on the "back" >> of the engine (towards the front of the car), in which is the large >> crank seal. At the bottom of that cover are two through-holes, >> which correspond to two holes in the transmission. In every 99 or >> 900 that I've taken apart, those bolts are not in place, and I don't >> know why. >> > I don't know. I don't remember anything about missing bolts on that cover, > I wasn't looking either. There are a couple of bolt holes for the flywheel > stopper thing. Is that it? (that would be my guess) Dunno, I just use a longer bolt through one of the flywheel through-holes, turn it in until it's in the gap between the distributor and where the head bolts on, kept it from turning just fine for the crank bolt torque I needed. Dave Hinz

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