So my $225 blend door shaft repair kit arrived over the weekend and I went to install it today......
First, remove the lower dash piece as shown here:
When I removed it, this little piece fell out :
I then removed the motor (yellow arrow) and the vent elbow (white arow):
Once these were off, I had access to the belnd door shaft:
Turns out, my shaft was still intact. Apparently the 1...08 code can also be caused by a broken stop lever which attaches to the end of the blend door shaft.
So now I have ordered a new stop lever(the broken piece above part #5334701) from the dealership for $17. I will try and see if I can get Saabsite to accept a return of the aluminum one as I have no need for it but their site clearly stated "NOT RETURNABLE".
My advice to all would be to remove the pieces and physically confirm that the shaft is broken before ordering the kit. It is a pain in the *** working under the dash on the drivers side, but it didn't take too long to get in there (about 30 mins or so and would have been less if I didn't bother taking piccys).
I can see how this would be an easy fix for a broken shaft and one that Saab themselves should employ rather than charging customers $2000 to put a plastic shaft back in that would still be susceptible to breaking again:roll:.