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Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 23:43:48 -0500
From: KeithG <>
Subject: Re: First Time Saab owner

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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