Yes, the one with the master link can be carefully "rolled on" while the engine is in the car. Step one for the endless chain is: REMOVE ENGINE.turbojohnny said:i'd probably go for the one with the master link, seems like it'd be easier to replace that way
No, the engine does not need to be removed to change the timing chain, so long as you get the "master link" style.thecanyon2k4 said:Wait. The engine has to be removed? My mechanic is changing my water pump, idler pully and serpentine belt, and he said while hes under there that he should replace the timing belt. My car has a timing chain though, and didnt know that the engine haas to be removed...is it a different belt that hes referring to?
Leon said:TheCanyon2k4, since you have a 1999, I'm pretty sure that all saabs that year had the timing chain. IE they stopped making the V6s by then. Is you mechanic even aware that his comment: "While I'm under there, might as well replace the timing chain" Makes NO SENSE? Is he aware that the water pump is externally mounted the engine just like an accessory? As are the upper and lower idler pulleys? I smell FISHY if you ask me... :nono;
**This will solve what type of engine you have: "Do you have a red or black DIRECT IGNITION Cassette in the middle on top of the engine? If so, you have a 4 Cylinder and it DOES have a timing chain.**
Tweek's Turbos said:If your mechanic want's to change the timing belt on your 9-3. I would hold a competition to see what tow truck can get the car out of the shop the fastest.
Only the V6 cars use a tbelt. The best option is the endless chain, yes with engine removal. Fair price is a hair under $900 or so.
i think the 1999 9-3 viggen has a black dic.thecanyon2k4 said:LOL, I got this done months ago; somebody broght this thread back to life. My mechanic didn't even see the car before he told my father the parts to get; he doesn't deal with Saabs all to often I suppose. My father told me what the mechanic said, and I then notified him that the water pump was an external accessory and it had a DI cassette with a timing chain, and he knew exactly what to do. He's a very good and competent mechanic. And you should know that every 9-3 after 2000 has a black DIC, and 1999 and lower has a red DIC