Site News - 1/26 Vintage Saab Club of North America Magazine Feature
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 21:57:36 +0100
From: Colin Stamp <>
Subject: Banjo sealing washers (bit of a ramble)

Hi all, I replaced the water pump on my 2001 9-3 Aero today. It was a bit of a nightmare job because of all the fiddly dismantling needed to even reach the pump. The icing on the cake came when, with the pile of bits on the drive right at it's peak, a dowty seal fell apart as I pushed it back over the banjo bolt. Of course, this happened an hour after the Saab garage's parts department had closed for the weekend. Local motor factors and Halfrauds etc. didn't even know what a bloody dowty seal was! Not that I would have been able to get to any of these places without a car anyway. After I stopped wasting everyone's time phoning round, I had a look in the garage and miraculously turned up a slightly rusty dowty seal of just the right size. Two hours and much f-ing and blinding later, and my transport was back in one piece. It even appears to be at least largely watertight. Now, of course, I've started to worry about that dowty seal. It was on the small rigid pipe that runs from the water pump to the turbo. The pipe has banjos on both ends, but only one dowty seal - the one against the water pump. The other three seals on that pipe were just plain copper washers. I'm now wondering whether the dowty seal should have just been a copper washer too, and some previous bodger got there before me. WIS isn't much help. It calls all the washers "seals". The drawing doesn't show any difference between the two seals on the water pump banjo, but it's not really that detailed. Anyone happen to know what should be fitted on that banjo? Or whether I'm likely to spring a leak as a result of fitting the wrong seal? Cheers, Colin.

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