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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Twins...another project
« on: 27 September 2023, 08:18:31 PM »
I would expect that modern cast iron is more uniform than old stuff. So you should be fine.

We used to drill and tap holes up to 2½ inches dia. in cast iron mains.  Some of the mains were vertically cast in the early 1800's and could be anything from ½" thick to 2 inches thick.  That work was done with the main full and under pressure!! :)

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Twins...another project
« on: 24 September 2023, 05:20:33 PM »
The cat and downpipe went from my 2007 Aero estate onto a 2000 2.0t

I still have a picture of it!! :D

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Twins...another project
« on: 24 September 2023, 12:25:31 PM »
The down pipes and cats are the same on all the 9-5's.  The Aero one is no different from the 2.0 one.  When I had the Hirsch 3 inch downpipe fitted, the old one went to a man who needed one for a 2.0t and it bolted straight on.

Thanks, I'll have another look. Although when I have felt down there, it seems to be all one piece and the only bits that seem to move are the two side latches. but if the up/down movement is operating the latches, then I may have to investigate further as it's only one latch that sticks.

From time to time, and more frequently recently, the radio, etc. stay on when the key is removed.  I've tracked it down to one of the two plastic latches not moving towards the hole when the key is removed.  Is this an electronic fault, or is it just an issue that can be fixed with a bit of silicone spray?

The latch is definitely temperamental, as on occasion, it sticks and the key can't be removed. Starting the car and turning off again, usually sorts this.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Twins...another project
« on: 21 September 2023, 06:02:38 PM »
Yes, I was thinking of an Italian Tune.  At least the engine should be really warm at time of test.

I had a work colleague get an MOT fail on emissions with his car, twice.  Even after fitting new parts.  In the end he got a pass at a "drive trough' MOT place in N. London.  It turned out that the first testing station had the car all day, as it was within walking distance of his office.  So the car stood all day in their yard and was just driven a few metres onto the test ramp when they had a quiet period.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Twins...another project
« on: 21 September 2023, 04:51:59 PM »
Is the fuel fresh?  When emissions were marginal, it was always suggested that you tried to run the tank to empty and fill with some new fuel, preferably one of the "brand" ones that claim to have more engine cleaning additives.

Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Re: New 9000 acquisition
« on: 19 September 2023, 11:35:13 AM »
The only use I've found for the well nuts on the 9-3 is behind the "Airbag" plugs on the A & C pillar trims.  That's internal, but I can't see why they shouldn't be external as well.

I bought them because the one at the front split and the trim came off.  Probably overtightened by me when fitting the rear camera.  And ditto when running the cable through to the rear for the camera, I lost one well nut "down inside".

Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Re: New 9000 acquisition
« on: 19 September 2023, 09:53:44 AM »
On the NG 9-3 a lot of the internal trims are fixed with “well nuts”.  These are expanding rubber bungs with a threaded brass centre.  I bought a pack of 5 from eBay last week after the windscreen pillar trim came loose.  Checking the Saab Parts price never entered my mind…

The well nuts look as if they do exactly the same thing as the jack nut, but less susceptible to corrosion. 

Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Re: New 9000 acquisition
« on: 17 September 2023, 09:03:46 AM »
Sounds like good progress!  I’ve done almost nothing on our cars since June.  A couple of car show weekends, a heavy cold, a family bereavement involving a lot of trips to North Nottingham, then SWMBO got shingles.  Hoping for better now.  There’s a few things to do on cosmetics, but I’ll be leaving the airbag issues and engine vibration to Joe. He should be back from his holidays this week.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Rattling steering wheel - 2007 Estate
« on: 10 September 2023, 11:17:08 AM »
No progress. Lots of family issues getting in the way & Joe is on holiday.  Also SWMBO has shingles and needs attention?

Indeed.  The SaabFest that year was a Trackday.  I only took part in the parade lap! Apparently the long right hand curve taken at speed can cause oil starvation in a B205/B235 engine!

I found a picture.  It's a bit blurred...

I think the Quaife was an "issue".  One of the end nuts wouldn't stay tight.

Saab 9000 (1984-1998) / Re: New 9000 acquisition
« on: 08 September 2023, 02:51:17 PM »
I have no direct experience of the B204/B234 engine, but I understood that the idling was controlled by a separate Idle Control Valve which can block up.

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