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Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 03:27:04 GMT
From: "Tim" <>
Subject: Re: First Time Saab owner

the guy who sold me the car told me to use 'semi-synthetic' oil. something about the weather here (north carolina) being different. i am not even sure what 'semi-synthetic' oil is but just bought the car so plan on finding out in 5k miles. "KeithG" <> wrote in message > Synth may be able to get this life, but it is a bit of a gamble unless you > either do an oil analysis to determine if and when it is due or have an > oil monitor built in (9^3SS). In the US, we seem to take shorter trips > which shortens oil life. There have been a number of 2.3L engines which > have suffered from sludging. Whether or not it is due to poor Dino oil or > just due to driving style, I do not know. This was not historically been a > problem with the T4 and the only change I can attribute it to is the 10k > oil change interval. I just would not stretch it that long without oil > analysis to corroborate it. Therefore, I change my Mobil 1 at 5k... YMMV > > KeithG > > Pooh Bear wrote: > >> KeithG wrote: >> >> >>>Make sure the idler pulleys get changed out when the serpentine belt >>>does (60k service). I would not go beyond 75k on the pulleys, period. I >>>disagree with the 10k oil change interval. 5k seems more reasonable. >>>Especially with the rash of sludged engines. Saab recommends 10k, but >>>with US driving 5k is safer. >> >> >> What's so different about US driving that makes you suggest this ? >> >> Oil change intervals is an area where US and European practice / thinking >> seems to >> differ. I gather that common US practice is not to use synthetic but >> change often. >> >> With fully synthetic oil I feel *very* comfortable with 10k mi change >> intervals. >> Saab seem to think so too. Non synthetics are a whole different matter. >> >> >> >>>Brake shops are fine for brakes, I do mine >>>myself, though. Just make sure the brake shop DOES NOT 'turn' the >>>rotors. Replace them when they are below the minimum thickness, but if >>>the pedal is not pulsating, just replace the pads. If the pedal is >>>pulsating, replace the rotors. Auto transmission service is fluid >>>changes. This is a good idea. Manual transmission fluid changes should >>>be done at 60kmi. >> >> >> First time I've seen a recommendation for changing manual gearbox oil. >> Most makers >> say leave it alone. I admit I don't know Saab's line on this. When I >> checked the >> level in my 9000 box it looked really clean. >> >> >> Graham >>

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