Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 20:21:15 GMT
From: "Al" <alistairdorenospamo.com>
Subject: Re: Saab 9000 Auxiliary Drive Belt


"KeithG" <noonenospamay.com> wrote in message news:jLqdnX498JC8qxPcRVn-uAnospamopenwest.com... >I change the belt and the idler pulleys at between 60 and 75kmi. The belt >will outlast the pulley bearings. A friend has thrown a belt and I have had >2 used 9ks that I replaced the pulleys as soon as I got them because they >were making noise... > > KeithG > > Valjean wrote: > >> When should it be replaced? What's the likely charge (ballpark figure)? >> Thank you. >> Cost depends where you are and who by. My local SAAB specialist just did mine (today!)for just under 60, but that was part of a package of work so you may pay a little more for the belt job only. My service schedule indicates check and replace if necessary at 50K, 90K,110K, 130K etc etc (miles) If it goes you are stuck. Job is a pain in the backside to attempt yourself, book of lies shows you how to build a special tool. Me, I stick to designing bridges and leave fixing the car to my mechanic! Getting wet cold and fed up all day Sunday is not my idea of fun! Especially as my drive is a 1 in 3 slope, and the flat road outside is narrow and busy. For interest, my belt was in good condition, but split longitudinally wrapping itself around power steering pump pulley - oh joy! My mechanic thinks it may have been damaged by road debris? Had a similar failure on my better half's GM 900. This was a pulley breaking which destroyed the belt, that bill was about 120 from memory as both guide pulleys had to be replaced as well. Al

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