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i bought a 01 saab 9-3 turbo 5 door hatch 166.000miles from a buddy that didnt know anything about cars

at first all was well with slight oil leak where the turbo went into the top of the engine. only a problem under heavy load where it sprayed onto the cat and caused smoke .

oil pressure light would also come on after a good run on a twisty rd i would refill with fresh oil 5/30 synthetic and continue with no further issue

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got to replacing stuff and testing codes
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pvc vent bushing was missing so i replaced that

got engine tested

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1312 a faulty coil or missed spark
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----i replaced the plugs with pulstar plugs gaped at spec from pulstar rep at 25/1000 in
about 70 miles ago ran great after

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1110 bypass valve
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i replaced 3 crusty missing vacuum hoses going to the bypass valve
this helped the car by making the engine run top notch gaining boost pressure in half the time it took before car gained around 40hp that day or felt like it
150miles ago ran 30% stronger with more responsiveness


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1334- crank position censer
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code went away after fixing bypass valve
only driven 30 miles since engine codes reset




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0442-Emissions leak
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also went away with bypass valve hoses
also only 30 miles with no light since code reset






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my real problem now is after getting codes to clear and turbo was correctly working i had a total loss of oil pressure and i pulled over filled it up noticed more oil than normal underneath

went to take off and noticed a lack of power and a slight tick
limped it to a friends house 2 miles away tick now has doubled in loudness
had it towed home yesterday yaaa AAA gold now its sitting in my driveway waiting for parts but where do i start


where do i start

options

#1 go strait for head gasket kit

Head Gasket Set
(includes valve seals) Elring W0133-1940289 $128.98

hope i dont need this option but what else do i need to replace in the process of the head gasket replacement
seal kit
new head bolts
new exauest bolts
serpentine belt
oil pump ?
water pump?
timing chain?
timing chain pullies?



#2 take off oil pan and check bottom bearings



#3 PCV Valve Oil Trap- separator kit
Crankcase Ventilation Renovation Kit This Kit contains: 1-Oil Trap, 1-Oil Filler Pipe, 1-Nipple, Insulation, 2- Hose Kits, 1-Bushing and 2-Cable Ties. 7-pc. Repair Kit

needs 2 of the hoses that i know of



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i want to find tick asap and seal up the engine. im not scarred to do the work just scarred to start without the right parts to reassemble




any suggestions sorry about long winded question but wanted to eliminate a few responses before they popped up

thank you and have a great day

thanks for reading i don't type much but i tried sorry if there are any errors in spelling or punctuation

:cheesy: im a racer not a poet :cheesy:
 

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;ol;just ordered the pvc upgrade kit with all the hoses

:roll:also just realised that there i a missing hose at the top of the throttle body on the turbo intake about 2 inches up with no hose and no idea where to connect it to

off the delivery pipe throttle body side


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so my question is do i dive into the top end looking for hot spots or should i dive up into the bottom end looking for rod bearings



also what all should i replace if i were to just go for the head gasket to ensure no further leaks in my future and so that i dont have to crack the engine back open for years to come

ive had the car for 2 weeks and already put 1500 miles on it i love the car and cant wait to get it back on the rd its my only vehicle at this point
 

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i ordered seals for the forced air delivery pipe

still stuck wondering if i should dive into the top or bottom end of this engine any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated
 

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ordered valve cover gasket and gonna dive into the top end in the morning see what is ailing it wish me luck still looking for input

oil separator hoses were collapsing in on themselves had to order

i need the car for work and need it for sure by next week the 21st i have to be on the opposite side of the state and have no ride any help would be praised and advice researched and done if possible
 
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