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Both a long way from you Doug. I'm 'oop north. The one I had the work done at was Saabtec in Glossop. Extremely knowledgeable specialists and very helpful.

The one that acted like a child I'd rather not say. A shame really because I think he's genuinely forgotten more than some mechanics will ever know. But life's too short to deal with divas.
 

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I hate scope creep.


First, the "trivial" job of making the brightness of the inner taillights same as the outer ones on my wagon ran into some interesting obstacles. I've done a separate post on that.


I pulled the DIC I've been "testing" for half a year, to put back the Rock Auto one. Pulled the plugs, checked gap, all was well. Tightened the gap a smidge and reinstalled.


Front RH foglight....the misfitting one (from a 9-3 with a couple of broken tabs) came out easily enough, but I couldn't get the replacement fog light in without pulling the plastic hose that goes to the air filter housing. That was a struggle to get off, at which point I discovered plentiful rust on the metal snorkel--the plastic fits over the metal; no wonder it didn't want to come off.


I visualized bits of rust being sucked through the MAF and into the turbo, so I dropped the air filter bottom cover. To realize that the plastic hose was the intake to the filter, not the filtered air hose. ;oops: Anyway, gave the air filter a once-over, and cleaned up the housing as much as possible, including the rust. Could not get the bottom cover to fit again--tried for fifteen minutes before realizing that the little tab at the front of the fender lining, to which the back of the bumper screws, was getting trapped in the gap. ;oops:


Did not get to running a tap into the front tow eye screw hole. I know it needs to get done, as the tow eye does not want to insert at all. But now I know why there's a mysterious rubber plug in the front cross-member. :confused:
 

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Replaced a dodgy parking sensor yesterday. Cheap as chips off The Bay. And it works! Plus I've got three spares.

I also had the wheels refurbished last week and needed to check that the fitters had got the balancing correct. Very important job which involved me driving a long way very quickly :D

A couple of cosmetic jobs this week. I've got new decor strips for the side of the windscreen. Both mine have really bad stone chips. Direct from Orio in Sweden for £11-something each.

And I need to paint the disc hubs. New discs on a few weeks ago and they're already showing rust. They're supposed to be genuine Saab and I'm not impressed if they are.
 

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Ever since I picked up the Aero this has been annoying me




The weather/decor strips were very badly stone chipped. Especially the passenger side.

So, a delivery fran Sverige this morning :cheesy:



And 10 minutes either side






Better!
 

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Trans fluid change

Change the transmission fluid on my 2002 Saab 9-5 wagon. Trans started to shift hard between 1-2nd. Think I might had waited to long to change it. Was about 20K miles since the last time I changed it. Still didn't fix it. Used Toyota T-IV trans fluid. Man the old fluid was black.

Now the question is when is it time to sell a Saab and call it quits before money and time take over.
 

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I hope that works out. I have heard conflicting things about changing trans fluid. One crowd says not to do it if it has been a long time between changes. It will destroy the trans. The other (the minority) says change it no matter what. The other crowd is full of crap. Me; I just develop leaks and change it a little bit at a time.
 

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I hope that works out. I have heard conflicting things about changing trans fluid. One crowd says not to do it if it has been a long time between changes. It will destroy the trans. The other (the minority) says change it no matter what. The other crowd is full of crap. Me; I just develop leaks and change it a little bit at a time.
I know what you are talking about. I change the fluid on my wife van and about 8k miles afterwards it let go. With Saabs not having a trans filter I would say its better to change the fluid at least once a year. Was driving great up until a couple of weeks ago. We had some very hot summer days here which I think added to my troubles. Trans probably over heated. Wonder if there is a way to add an additional trans cooler fan. As long as it is a mild weather day it drives okay. Below 80degrees.
 

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Change the fluid

I've heard conflicting things about changing the fluid as well. But I am in the camp of 'change it anyway'. My '99 and '01 9-5s with the 4-speed have been happier after changing the fluid than before.

'99 has 160k miles, '01 has 140k miles. Fluid in both of them was at least still visibly red at time of change. Little clunky before the change, perfectly fine afterward. No idea when changed previously (both new to me this year).

Maybe it's the 5-speed ones which get unhappy after long-duration without changing the fluid?
 

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At a minimum I would change out 3-4 qts every year. For me it's every fall on all my cars.

Also, our trans do have filters. You just can't get to them. ;)
 

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I pop my auto transmissions into Neutral when I come to a stop. I have been doing this since the late 1970s. I read an article in one of the hot-rodding magazines that said that an auto trans generates more heat when you are sitting at idle, in Drive with your foot on the brake that is does at 80mph on a freeway.

This technique has worked out for me over the years. The only problem is that the linkage takes a lot of wear. Linkages are cheap compared to transmissions.
 

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I've been doing that for decades too. I didn't know about the heat thing - I reasoned the engine is having to do more work against the torque converter to maintain idle rpm in D with the brake on, compared to N.

i.e. my interest was fuel consumption.

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There's definitely a lot of heat being generated in the torque converter at idle in D. The converter has to slip because the car isnt moving and the engine obviously still is. all of that energy is transferred into the trans fluid as heat.



When moving the converter is locked and very little energy loss occurs.



Idk about heat at speed vs at idle in D, but it seems plausible.
 

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There's definitely a lot of heat being generated in the torque converter at idle in D. The converter has to slip because the car isnt moving and the engine obviously still is. all of that energy is transferred into the trans fluid as heat.



When moving the converter is locked and very little energy loss occurs.



Idk about heat at speed vs at idle in D, but it seems plausible.
If nothing else it's heat being generated in different locations.
 

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I hit a deer...

Fortunately, the damage was pretty light as it was a glancing blow and a small deer. My mirror was folded in against the passenger side window violently enough that it shattered the mirror. That is a bummer as I have the visibility package with the auto-dimming side mirrors and am worried about how hard it will be to source one. The lens over the side signal light in the front fender was broken off and left some scratches on the passenger side door but they are probably shallow enough that they will polish out. And there is a reasonably large but very shallow dent in the front door which from certain angles can be seen as a waviness. Luckily there are no sharp creases or cracks in the paint. Maybe a paintless dent repair guy can deal with that (and a few other minor things while he is at it).

I had my kids in the car at the time so it could have been much worse. Once the road widened to 4 lanes i pulled over and a nice lady stopped to check on us. She saw it happen as she was behind us and said the deer buggered off into the bush. It could have been a lot worse for all involved but i’d imagine the doe was pretty sore....

Just thinking about another forum mate who hit a black cow on a side road at night in his TR 6! Now that would have been a brown trouser moment!
 
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