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Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 07:22:39 GMT
From: "John Bain" <>
Subject: Re: saab 9-5 timing belt/chain

thanks for that. the engine is a petrol 4 cylinder 2.3 turbo ecopower. there is a reference to an engine drive belt replacement at 110,000km in the service sheets. thanks again jb "Fred W" <> wrote in message > John Bain wrote: >> I have an eight year-old 9-5 which has now covered nearly 89000 miles. >> Could somebody please let me know if any timing belts/tensioners are >> due/overdue for replacement. >> I've been told nothing is needed as the belt is a chain belt. The manual >> is not clear. >> However, I don't want the usual mess if something breaks. The car seems >> to be running ok, but at idle there is a slight but audible noise - like >> a ping pong ball rattling around inside a tin can is the only way I can >> best describe it. >> Thanks jb > > You do not say what engine you have, so I cannot be 100% certain. But if > you do have a timing chain, rather than a timing belt, they generally will > last more than 89,000 miles with proper maintenance. That said, your > description of the sound does make me suspicious. You should probably > have it inspected by a knowledgeable SAAB mechanic. You may have had a > failure of the chain tensioner or one of the guides that could produce the > floppy chain prior to the chain actually wearing out > > -- > -Fred W

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