Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 13:41:05 +0100
From: Andrew Sinclair <>
Subject: Re: 9-3 Turbo

In message <FTStg.4384$>, tim.rickettsNOSPAMnospamorld.?.invalid writes >I have friend whose turbo is blown (diagnosed by main dealer - 800). >Question is, how easy is it to replace? I have 25 years of mechanical >experience, but local knowledge from a group like this is invaluable. I have >no experience of this model, don't even know if the turbo's on the back or >front of the engine! > 800 seems a bit steep for a new turbo - the part alone can be had for around 400 and I believe fitting is a couple of hours. Turbo is at the front of the engine below a metal heat shield (has some words/pictogram to warn about it being hot stamped on it) >Most vital question: can it be done without a pit or a lift? All blow by >blow accounts most welcome. > Not sure - Looking at my 9-5 it should be easy to do from above but having a lift or a pit will make things easier. Whoever does the replacement, make sure that the intercooler gets flushed out just in case any debris from the turbo failure has made it into the intercooler (which will then pass through the engine and the new turbo at some point in the future most likely wrecking the new turbo!). Pulling the intercooler out will add three or four hours to the job however if it is just the oil seals in the turbo that have gone and not a total mechanical failure then you could pass on this step. This is a link to a picture of what came out of a Saab 9-5 intercooler after its turbo failed; r.sized.jpg Have a look at or - a friendly bunch - for more information. Andy -- Andrew Sinclair

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