Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 06:17:18 +0100
From: Greg Farris <>
Subject: Re: Lifetime of Saab

In article <ejqmos$i6m$>, nonospamo says... >The balance shaft goes out the back of the engine. To take the balance shaft >out, to replace its bearings, you do need to take the engine out of the car (be it a >Ford or a SAAB) and remove the flywheel. You could even leave the oil pan in >place, but once you've come this far you might as well take it off and clean out >any bearing and valve stem seal remains... > > Sounds about right to me. I didn't say it, because I've never done it, but I was going to say replacing the balance shaft bearings every 60k/mi does not sound like a fun thing! There was another solution though - they did offer a steel replacement for the balance shaft gear. After getting stranded TWICE (in two different 96's) due to failure of this fibre gear, the steel gear was my solution to feel reasonably confident taking the car away from home. GF

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