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: Timing chain

28th October 2001, 03:33 AM
I have a 1988 9000. Could someone please advise approximately what the cost would be to have the timing chain replaced by a Saab dealer.

Thanks Jeff

28th October 2001, 07:54 AM
I believe on a 9000 it's involves taking the engine out. I would avoid Saab dealersa as labour rates are horrendous! Try a good Saab Specialists. There are many listed in the 'Links' section.


30th October 2001, 11:28 AM
I've replaced my 88 9000 timing chain and sprockets, but I didn't have to take the engine out. In fact it looks easier to do than a 900. (more room) Just remove the O/S wheel and wheel arch liner and you can get to everything. Like a mug, I payed Saab prices for the parts, but I'm sure Euro Car Parts are cheaper.
Jimbob( on a different computer)

17th November 2001, 09:20 PM
Expect about 1k at a SAAB specialist. The engine does not need to come out, but it is recomended to replace all associated parts whilst stripped down. The bill may increase if other items in the same area need attention, such as water pump, drive belt / idler pulleys etc. If you have ANY doubts about the chains, get it done asap-its cheaper before the bang!

9000 CS Carlsson
900 Conv

SaabMT(Scoob Tech)
24th November 2001, 02:04 PM
The engine does not need to come out unless you want lots of exercise!
On low mileage cars a new chain can be wound in with special tools(we have them at trentsaab)as a low cost repair. To do the job in full, as already mentioned, the right hand front wheel arch liner comes out and work is done from there with no special tools required.
Turbo cars require the removal of the oil cooler pipes, which can be difficult.
Hope this is helpfull.

15th January 2002, 04:58 PM
I'm sure at a Saab Main dealer this would be close to 1400.

I have heard quotes as low as 400, though would be worried about the quality of the work at that cost.

As SaabMT says, the chain can be wound on, as long as any associated worn parts are changed -which I know Trent Saab do, as per a satisfied customer's report in the last SOC "Driver" mag.

Whilst we're on timing chains - I asked my garage to check my chain, but he said mine had an Automatic Tensioner (or something to that effect). How do you know if the chain needs doing if you can't check the amount of "play" in the chain?

Apologies for replying to a message 3 months late! :smile:

Kevin Mc

15th January 2002, 05:17 PM
Do 9000's have a simular set up to the 900?

Check for timing chain wear (http://www.saabcentral.com/techhelp/c900/timing_chain.php)


17th January 2002, 02:51 PM
I think they are identical.