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Was at my dealer this morning getting some warranty issues taken care of, and because I am coming up on 65k miles I was checking out the price for the service. For $850, please tell me it is more then some fluid changes.
 

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If your 65K(?) is the same as the 60K a lot of us do, it's a transfluid change, Oil, Brake, PS fluids, Serpentine Belt replacement, Spark Plugs, Cabin & Air Filters, Inspect/retorque suspension, General Inspection. A lot can be DIY to save a few bucks. I've probably left a few things out. But it's nice to have them look at stuff like, are are all the V hoses n nuts still in place etc.

If you ask them they'll probably tell you exactly...some dealers do extra, some do less.
 

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the service includes for the 60K

Check engine coolant level.

Check engine coolant freezing point

and check for leakage.

Check brake fluid level.

Check brake fluid quality.

Check power steering fluid level.

Check shock absorbers and bushings .

Change engine oil and filter.

Change automatic transmission fluid

(Convertible)

Check automatic transmission fluid (9-5)

Check for oil leakage.

Check outer and inner drive joint

boots.

Check ball joints, inner and outer

steering joints and rubber boots.

Change fuel filter.

Check exhaust system and mountings:

leaks and condition.

Check brake lines and hoses.

Check brake pads and discs: wear and

condition.

Check parking brake function.

Check tire pressure, tread depth and

wear, including spare tire.

Lubricate door hinges, stops and locks.

Change spark plugs (9-5 std. Output

and V6).

Check crankcase ventilation and

vacuum lines.

Check evaporative emission system,

including filler cap, vapor lines, EVAP

canister and canister purge valve.

Change engine air cleaner element

(filter).

Check A/C drain hose.

Change cabin air filter.

Check battery state of condition.

Check and grease battery terminals

Check fuel system in engine compartment.

Check wiper blades.

Check washer fluid level; top-up.

Check condition of drive belt and tensioner.

Change drive belt (4 cylinder) (all)

Change camshaft drive belt (V6).

Safety belts: operation and visual

inspection of belts for tears.

Airbag system, SRS warning lamp,

visual inspection.

Reset service indicator.

Check toe-in (Convertible).

Check headlight and foglight alignment.

Road test. Check performance of drive

train, steering and brakes and verify tire

balance. Check function of instruments

and controls, including horn, windshield

wipers, cruise control and climate

system. Check function of all lights. Note

any noises or problems for correction.

Restore all customer settings, check

clock.

Refer to the Saab Service

Manual for full details

about each recommended

service operation.

Always use recommended Saab

practices and routines when

performing service. Use proper

equipment and do not use tools

or parts that were not designed

for the task at hand.

Authorized Saab dealers have

the training, tools and genuine

Saab parts to properly perform

this service.

Whenever used, “CHECK”

means to inspect and top up.

saabwarrantybook03.qxd 8/7/2003 10:24 AM Page 52
 

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Got a little glitch up there....the Fuel filter is not a service iten in NA cars, as we all know by now, it's in the fuel tank with the Pump/Sender, it's a 90K service item. ..at my 60/K a trans fluid change was included?
 

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It's general, covers 93SS, 9-5 and Verts. I mentioned earlier that dealers vary, I got a Transfluid change included at 60, under 600 if I recall correctly.

That type of generality is why some people have asked why they can't find there in line fuel filter!

Edit: just noticed it doesn't have the Spark plug change for the 93SS either?
 

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I don't recall ATF 3309 being recommended for a lifetime fill? I know our coolant is a lifetime fill,,,Dexcool. I'll have to check my service records but I got a dollar that says they flushed and re-filled the trans.

Edit: the MTF in the manual is lifetime.
 

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So, from what was posted above, everything listed is just precautionary checks and changes if need be. Screw paying that money for stuff I can do myself, and most will be prompted by the lovely T8 if something is wrong.
 

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Most of the DIY guys do:

Oil Filter
Engine Air/Cabin Filter
Spark Plugs
Check Fluids
Inspect visable hoses/couplings
Check CV Boots etc

If you can do the Serpentine Belt and check and possibly change the tensioner even better. The Belt change is pretty much always done at 60.

Somewhere in here are the specs for the torque on the Suspension nuts, bolts and widgets.
 

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If you can provide the specs for the suspension nuts, etc, I would be very grateful.

I cannot seem to find these anywhere online...maybe I just need to get a 24hr subsciption to the saabtechinfo.net site to see if there is any more detail available.

Matt


JonV said:
Most of the DIY guys do:

Somewhere in here are the specs for the torque on the Suspension nuts, bolts and widgets.
 

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johnnyrocket said:
So, from what was posted above, everything listed is just precautionary checks and changes if need be. Screw paying that money for stuff I can do myself, and most will be prompted by the lovely T8 if something is wrong.
I don't know about Maryland but in Virginia there is an annual safety inspection and many of the things that the Saab maintenance schedule says to check are checked during the safety inspection.
 

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brianl703 said:
I don't know about Maryland but in Virginia there is an annual safety inspection and many of the things that the Saab maintenance schedule says to check are checked during the safety inspection.
No safety inspection in MD, they let us kill ourselves in peace.
 

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Hello JonV,

I have tried searching using different descriptions with no luck. Lots of info on the differences between standard and sport suspensions though.

Matt

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Try Search...there should be something from the WIS
 

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mjweimer said:
If you can provide the specs for the suspension nuts, etc, I would be very grateful.

I cannot seem to find these anywhere online...maybe I just need to get a 24hr subsciption to the saabtechinfo.net site to see if there is any more detail available.

Matt
Your talking about the Suspension castle nuts??

What type of specs are you looking for?
 

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I am trying to get the torque specs and procedure for re-tourqing the suspension nuts as called out on the 60k service list.

I am not sure which suspension joints need checked during this service either.

Matt
 

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mjweimer said:
I am trying to get the torque specs and procedure for re-tourqing the suspension nuts as called out on the 60k service list.

I am not sure which suspension joints need checked during this service either.

Matt
Personally I wouldnt be too worried about those castle nuts backing off any.
Normally they are installed with impact gun anyways. depending on the size of impact gun used. they could rank from 200-600ft lbs.

So honestly, i think a call on retorquing those castle nuts is "out to lunch"
IMO.
 

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That was only mentioned because it's one of the checks the dealers do...I think we'd be hard pressed to find a DIY guy that actually checks them and many other things the dealer looks, or in some cases should look at.
 
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