Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 21:22:03 +0100
From: Greg Farris <>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab

In article <>, says... > > >On Sun, 19 Nov 2006 22:08:56 +0100, Greg Farris <> wrote: > >> Thank you - I stand corrected. >> And I agree it was a reliable engine - even a very good one, considering the >> inherent difficulties in balancing a V4 design. Another weak point of this >> engine was the balance shaft drive gear. A "trivial" problem, except that whern >> it broke, the entire engine/transmission block had to be removed to replace it, > >Nope... > >> because the oil pan had to be removed to remove the front cover. . ; >> For want of a nail . . . > >Or a better procedure... "Less work" is not necessarily "better". Breaking the oil pan seal should be followed by removal and cleaning of same, then replacing with a new gasket. The 'easy way out' tech tip is likely to produce leaks, as the crankcase often develops some static pressure. Of course you can continue to clean the garage floor and add more oil, if you find this better. GF >

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