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  1. Rear Main Seal

    9-5 Workshop
    Hello all, hopefully you all had a good holiday. Just a quick question, which way does the rear main oil seal install in the cover? I looked around online and really couldn't find anything. Looking at the plate from the starter side, which way should the "open" side of the seal face. If...
  2. What else should I change during a Head Gasket Repair

    9-5 Workshop
    Hey Guy, Honestly I'm super excited to finally own a saab, i've been looking high and low for a wagon in good interior condition and was maintained well. Anyhow, i'm about to embark on a head gasket repair, there is coolant mixing in the engine and the freeze plug blew off due to an overheat...
  3. DIY Guide for Engine Rebuild?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Hi all, just went to a Saab technician for diagnosis on my sick saab. It's a 1999 9-3 se and is having engine issues. I was quoted around $3000 to do rings and valves (super low compression in middle two cylinders - dry: 100,75,80,100 (psi) wet: 120,85,90,120). The repair cost is more than...
  4. Head warped / Need source for thicker head gasket!

    9-5 Workshop
    2001 Saab 9-5 2.3L wagon, 201,000 miles. The machine shop says the head is warped 0.020", and that more than 0.10" is not recommended for resurfacing. Being that replacement engines are $1,000+, and may be also ready to fail, I am considering repairing what I have. Does anyone have a source...
  5. Saab 9-5 Aero, Engine Swap-Compatibility 2008 vs 2001 B235R

    9-5 Workshop
    I have a 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero. This is my 4th saab and I really enjoy driving it. Last night the engine took its last breath and will cost too much to revive. Does anyone know if I can put a 2008 B235R engine in my 2001 9-5 Aero? Are there any components that are not compatible? Thanks...
  6. Engine Seized - Now What?

    NG900 & OG9-3 Workshop
    Okay folks, I need some advice from those who love their Saabs. My engine needs replacing and I just can't decide what to do. '99 9-3se CV The sob story: I left town for a month and let a friend drive my car while I was gone. There had been a slight oil leak since I got it two years ago but...
  7. Engine Rebuild Advice

    Saab 9-2X, 9-4X & 9-7X Workshop
    The engine in my 05 WRX Saab 9-2x Aero just bought it. Only 83K miles, not abused, and oil changed frequently and religiously. Very disappointing but things happen. Pulled it partly apart (heads/oil pan) and apparently spun the number 4 rod bearing. Pretty bad so it'll also need a new short...