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Hi SAAB enthusiasts,
I am planning to replace as much of the coolant and heating pipework in my 88T16 as I can afford. New radiator is already in, and I just bought a new pump and thermostat. PFS only offer the large-diameter radiator to engine hoses, but not all the other hoses between thermostat, pump and heater. I would very much appreciate any recommendations where to source these.

What do I need to watch out for when changing thermostat and coolant pump? Bentley makes it sound straightforward, but I bet there will be unforeseen problems :)

The car is loosing coolant, but compression is fine and I dont have coolant in the oil or white smoke. There are crystals presumably from dried coolant everywhere on top of the engine between thermostat to the pump pulley. Any advice where I should look first?
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eEuroparts + Bentley = SUCCESS

eEuroparts is much better than PFS. Also, the coolant pump isn't to bad. It takes a couple hours because you have to remove all the belts and the A/C compressor. Just make sure you scrape off the old gasket from the block. Use gasket sealant also. The thermo is a pretty easy change too. Good luck!
 

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If you go to the Kodak meet this weekend, there will be someone who'll help you with the water pump job.

Townsend's guide to doing the pump:
http://68.155.246.108/cooling_system_folder/waterpump900.htm

It's possible to use a spare expansion tank cap and a foot pump to make a device that could be used to pressurise the cooling system. Then, you'd be able to check for leaks. The thermostat would have to be removed though, so the radiator side of the cooling system was under pressure.

saabscania900 said:
eEuroparts is much better than PFS.
eEuroparts isn't based in the UK, and I think their international shipping costs make delivery to the UK unfeasible. When I asked them how much shipping to the UK would be for a pair of light clusters, it was $49.75. Maybe that's totally reasonable, but still too much unless you were ordering enough that the cheaper US prices negated the freight costs.

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Thanks for pointing me to the instruction sites. Unfortunately I can't go to the meeting this weekend...Where is it, actually?
Any suggestions where I can get these Mackay hoses that are listed on eEuroparts? They indeed have it all, but are on the wrong continent ;)

I got really depressed when I read the Townsend site about after-market waterpumps. Are they really that bad? I got one from PFS, have not had a chance yet to check for casted impellers.
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Andreas88Conv said:
I got really depressed when I read the Townsend site about after-market waterpumps. Are they really that bad?
No they're not all that bad. You have to buy the really cheap pumps to get one with pressed steel impellors.

The generic water pump I bought from Euro Car Parts in the UK was a fine unit, and looked exactly the same as the Saab part.

As for getting Mackay products in the UK:
Where can I buy Mackay's automotive hoses and other spare parts?

As a manufacturer we don't sell direct to the public, however we have established distributors in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Contact us for the nearest stockist in your area. In other countries we welcome enquiries from potential distributors.
http://www.mackayrubber.com/faq.htm
http://www.mackayrubber.com/

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don't be afraid of shipping from the US

Thanks,
I have mailed them but have no reply yet. I have checked prices, and according to my current quotes the Mackay hoses are only about a third of the UK prices, even if I include shipping!
I guess I will give it a try....
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Just be aware that you'll probably get stung for customs and excise duty and VAT. Allow about another 50% for these and then see if it's economic.
 

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Here's the conversation I've been having with Darrell Parsons, National Sales Manager for Mackay in Australia:
Darrell Parons said:
Thank you for your enquiry. We do have some specialist distributors in Europe, mainly specializing on certain collector makes/models.

If you please advise what products you are interested in we would be happy to help you.
Matthew said:
Many thanks for your reply.

The members of the car forum are interested in your automotive products for Saab cars, and specifically coolant hoses for classic (upto 1994) 900s.

Forum members who live in America have been able to buy complete sets of coolant hoses for their classic Saab 900.

Plenty of folk have asked about obtaining complete sets of hoses for the 900s, but in the UK (and possibly much of Europe too) they are only available from Saab themselves. These genuine hoses are very expensive, and I think there is definitely a need for high-quality aftermarket coolant hoses for these vehicles.
Darrell Parons said:
Attached is a list of hoses that we have for SAAB vehicles. Hopefully the ones you are looking for may be here. If not, please advise the OE part number and expected volumes and we can investigate adding them.
Matthew said:
Thanks very much for the spreadsheet. I'll pass it onto those forum folks who are want to buy replacement hoses.

Are these products available to buy in the UK?
Darrell Parons said:
None of these parts are currently avail/stocked in the UK.

Please let me know the part numbers and qtys that you guys are interested in, and we can work something out for supply either through a distributor or direct.
Looks like a group-buy would be necessary to get sets of Mackay hoses in the UK. Due to other commitments, I can't organise a grou-buy att he moment but I might be interested in buying a set of hoses.

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