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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / CPS change
« on: 17 September 2020, 06:54:00 PM »
The 9-5 failed to start after a short drive to town and a tour of the supermarket.  Looks like a new CPS is on the cards.  I've had a spare one ready for a few years now.  Not sure about the access with the 3 inch Hirsch exhaust. We will see tomorrow.

After an experimental visit out last week, the group will be meeting for a picnic on Dunstable Downs, by the Visitor Centre.

All welcome.  Bring your own picnic and chairs, etc.  We will keep the social distancing.

Meet from 11am for lunch and chat.  Saturday 22nd August.   The only cost will be a 3.50 parking charge for the day.

Postcode is LU6 2GY.  Turn into the Visitor Centre from Whipsnade Rd, and we will be in the top car park on the left.

[edit] The Visitor Centre has a cafe for those who don't picnic! :) It was well organised last week with no crowding.

I think my car is giving up on me. :(

I changed the flexible blind (jalousie) in the gear selector lever slot less than five years ago. It's broken again.:)  The factory original lasted 9 years.  It's not an impossible repair, but I will see if I can bodge it.  Must finish painting the bathroom first.  Today was so hot the paint was drying so fast, the pot started to skin over, and the brush was sticking to the wall before I had finished the brushstroke! :o

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Windscreen cracked
« on: 04 August 2020, 08:44:21 PM »
For no reason that I can see, the windscreen in the Aero has a 6 inch crack running up the middle from the bottom edge. :(

Hopefully when I get the screen replaced, the rain sensor will be put back in the correct place.  It hasn't worked since the screen was replaced in 2011...

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Locking issue 0n 2007 9-5
« on: 25 July 2020, 10:21:57 PM »
A couple of time recently the car has stayed locked when I remove the key. The centre of the ignition key is popping up.

I am trapped in the car because the internal lock switch doesn't do anything either, and pulling up the button in the door doesn't do anything either.  I've manager to get out by putting the key back in and turning the ignition on and off, then the car unlocks when I remove the key.

It's intermittent which makes diagnosis harder, but anyone else had something like this?  If the weather is fine tomorrow, and I finish grouting the tiles in the bathroom, i will have a play.

Took the bumper off the Carlsson and removed the headlamps.  Changing the bulb is straightforward, as long as you ignore the full WIS instructions.  Why on earth would you need to remove the ballast and the cornering control unit?  The bulb twists and comes out, and the plastic carrier unclips.

While it was out, I noticed a lever at the side, which seems to block the kick-up of the beam on the nearside by moving a plate on the shield.

An embarrassing catalogue of failures...

On the Carlsson, SWMBO mentioned that she thought that one front tyre looked a bit soft.  It did look low, but not desperate, and the car wasn't going anywhere soon.

I hadn't checked the pressure recently, and the TyrePal system wasn't working because, although the sensors were fitted, we couldn't find the charger for the display unit! And it was left like that  :-[ :-[ :-[

Anyway, I went to check the pressure, and found a crack running all the way around the tyre! :o  I've had punctures before that have been longstanding, but never seen a failure like this.  It's obviously underinflated and the edge tread has worn away, and the sipes have disappeared.

At least I have one spare tyre to replace it.  That came off the car a year or so ago when a motorcyclist hit the wing and scraped the alloy.  The repair shop replaced the wheel and tyre and we got the old wheel, which was later sold on.

Tyre is a Nokian A3 winter one.  Summer tyres will now go back on, but I was hoping that it wouldn't be necessary this year!

This belt is part number 4899548.  It is the long belt for 9-5 engines with the extra idler pulley in the centre, and aircon.  Standard up to about 2004.  Also should fit the OG9-3 and NG900. 

This belt is new and unused.

20 including Hermes tracked courier.

I bought this as a spare.  It's unused by me, and believed to be unused by the guy I bought it from.

I no longer have the 9-3 Vector.  So it's for sale.

25 including Hermes tracked courier. 

These brushes...

I have new ones and they are the right size, but I can't see a non-destructive way of removing the old and connecting the new.

Next group meeting will be at the Jacks Hill Cafe, on the A5 north of Towcester, Northants. NN13 8ET.

Meet from 10.00am to 2.00pm for a late breakfast or lunch.

Announcements & Events / IntSaab2020 - Vingsted, Denmark. 7-9 August
« on: 28 January 2020, 06:23:22 PM »
If anyone is planning to go to this.  Registration is now open.

Carlsson was running a bit odd this afternoon.

Seems to be warmer than expected outside...

The February meeting of the Beds Bucks Herts group will be on Saturday 8th Feb at lunchtime at The Chequers pub, St Albans Rd, Redbourn, Herts, This is on the A5153 (old A5) heading south from Redbourn towards St Albans.

Went out to check the oil and water levels this afternoon.  Washer fluid was down a bit and I needed to mix some more.  While doing that the bonnet closed of its own accord. :o   It looks like the struts are getting tired, with the cold weather adding to the problem.

Once again the "Price of Orio" rears its ugly head.   The official Saab price is 76 per strut. Looking for part number 12761582 on line, there are several makes available from around 15.  Even less if you risk one of the German sites that gets mixed reviews.

It's this sort of mark-up from the official parts supplier that is probably causing more Saabs to be written off as uneconomic to repair than there should be. :(

The last part I sourced before Christmas was a fuel pressure sensor for the Carlsson.  27 for the Bosch part from Opie Oils.  Same part from Orio is listed at 201.  Quite ridiculous.

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