Date: 8 Feb 2007 05:22:26 -0800
From: "JohnO" <t696asmnospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Tossed a belt...


On Feb 7, 7:57 pm, Fred W <malt_ho...nospamo.com> wrote: > JohnO wrote: > > Just got a call from my son, from what I gather over the phone his '94 > > 900 just tossed its serpentine belt. > > > He says the belt is pretty weell cracked on the inside, but what are > > the chances the water pump or something else caused this? Is there a > > typical failure in play here, or (hopefully) just an old bad belt? > > > And, is this something I can replace myself with basic tools? > > > -John O > > There is a very good chance that the reason it threw the belt was the > idler pully. These seem to fail more often than belts. Have him spin > each of the pulleys and feel for one that is bound/binding. If bad, a > new belt will be tossed just as quickly. > > -- > -Fred W Yep, the small one is bad. Just to be sure...the bad pulley is the small grooved one. The smooth pulleys seem to be fine. All I need is the small one, right? I'm digging around for some online instructions, having never replaced one of these before. It seems to be simple enough...once I figure out the belt pattern. I'm looking here: http://www.thesaabsite.com/900new/ NG900beltsandpulleys.htm Our car's pulleys don't match the 4...we have the AC compressor in there. (The instrux linked from there are incomplete...what's the point of the block of wood and all that?) I also found this: http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=55452 which is going to take me longer to read and comprehend than it took this guy to do. :-) Seems like he loosened everything, rather than just a tensioner. -John O

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