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Well, its finally time to get it done. What else should be replaced while theyre changing the water pump? They have to remove a lot of belts as it is, so I figure the belts should be changed while theyre at it too, right?
 

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Serpentine belt and ideler pulley change. At the same time check the alternator's charging to see if it's adequate as well as checking and replacing the radiator hoses, thermostat & heater core hoses if in need of replacing then do a radiator flush.

And don't forget to check the power steering pump's bearing and the AC's for noise or wobbling.
 

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Parts 6 and 9 in this illustration on the left. the pulley 9 may have been eliminate o9n your car with the short belt already. this link also has all the instructions needed to repace the belt and pulley.
http://pages.infinit.net/mlbriand/saab/shortbelt/page1.html
http://www.geocities.com/ng900set/Serp_Belt/idler_pulleys.html
Buy a wazee pulley from wazee not any crappy pulley (made from alluminum intead of plastic and the bearing is replaceable). they hiked up their prices quite a bit lately though :x :nono;
http://wazeepulleys.com/saab/pulleys.htm
 

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Since Wazzee has increased their prices, the availability may be better. But, has the bearing quality improved ??

But now, on an economic basis, I cannot buy it.
I'd just go the short belt route and renew the idler pulley and belt every 50K miles. But the under hood inspection ,every 3 to 5 K ,becomes very important as the idler pulley can fail anytime over 30K miles.. This can co-inside with the oil change.
There is no sense in doing a "blind oil change", in other words, inspecting nothing during this service time.
Canyon, what is this with a "lot of belts" ?

http://pages.infinit.net/mlbriand/index.shtml
Thanx to Mr Briand
 

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Unfortunately the bearing is crap like you said but it's replaceable and costs like $2-$3 so it's not that bad. I just think they killed their market by hiking the price by about 40% :eek: :roll: :nono; :x
 
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