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My Boge ones were untapped.  The original bolts are hard and slightly triangular.

The first lot of top mounts that were "free" and split were supplied tapped, but the bolts that came with them were too short to reach.  Very disappointing from a Saab specialist, but I understand that they have moved their specialism to other makes now...

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 24 September 2020, 11:32:22 PM »
I had a look from under, and there's no way through.

I started to feel like Bernard Cribbins and "Right said Fred".  If I take bit more off, I should be able to get in there...

But enough is enough, I think.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 24 September 2020, 09:13:12 PM »
I got the longer Torx bit kit from Euro Car Parts in Harrow this morning, and some other bits from Screwfix. I reckoned that I had every option to get the CPS unscrewed.  Tried them all, but without some extensive dismantling, I still can't get enough purchase on the screw. :(  I think the screw is a bit corroded and needs the driver to be perfectly square.

So definitely given up now.

Best effort was with the hex bits from my DeWalt drill/screwdriver, plus a Dewalt universal joint, a hex to 1/4 inch sq convertor and a 1/4 to 3/8 convertor and a ratchet handle.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 21 September 2020, 09:24:38 PM »
I may not be there until next week.  Too much to do this week.  But we will see.

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DO88 are good pipes.  www.partsforsaabs.com keep them.  Looks like the DO88 ones come in two parts.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 21 September 2020, 03:53:28 PM »
I had another try at this this morning, having searched out my old set of imperial sockets, and another 1/4" drive set, but still failed. :(  It's either too long or too short.  The water feed to the turbo also get in the way

Definitely inaccessible from below with the Hirsch sport cat there.  I'll speak to Joe later.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 21 September 2020, 12:03:32 AM »
My birthday is not important.  The only important dates are SWMBO's birthday and our wedding anniversary... :o


And as it's past midnight, my birthday is tomorrow, after all!! :D

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 20 September 2020, 09:18:08 PM »
Correction... I blame old age.  My birthday is Tuesday.    ::)


Busy week.  Monday - shopping. Tuesday - birthday lunch. Friday - a walk in the park with the U3A. Saturday - family lunch. Sunday a trip to Southampton for grandson's 2nd birthday party.

Maybe I'll fix the car the week after...


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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 20 September 2020, 08:07:57 PM »
You don't need to rub it in...

...time is running out!! :o

Tomorrow I'm 75. How did that happen?

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 20 September 2020, 05:13:32 PM »
But when you're retired, your time is free!! :)

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 20 September 2020, 04:22:39 PM »
I've got lots of tool options, but I can't find a 3/8" or 1/2" drive combination that's the right length.  It needs to be long enough to get beyond the engine, but short enough to avoid hitting the 3 inch exhaust.  It might be that a short 1/2" will fit, rather than the smaller stuff with various extensions.  I must try that later.  Screwfix have a set of 10mm Torx bits.  They are 5 mins down the road, next to Toolstation.  Euro Car Parts are 15 mins away.  Machine Mart are 30 mins

Things may go on hold this week.  It's my birthday on Tuesday and OH & I are having a "nice lunch" up the road. Then the family are coming down to repeat that experience at the weekend.   But I might buy the tools as a present to myself!! :D

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 20 September 2020, 10:10:07 AM »
Iíll mull on those! Iíll see what Joe has to say when I speak to him.  If he can do it as a ďdrop-inĒjob, Iíll take it down.  Otherwise I may invest in tools (again!).

Itís the one good thing about high labour costs at garages, itís usually cheaper to buy all the special tools you need for DIY, even if itís a one off job.

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Apart from the CPS difficulties in my other post, I've found a failed non-return valve in the EVAP.  Alook under the car shows that I need to do something about the rust.  It looks to be mainly surface at the moment, but we shall see.

And I saw the inside of the throttle body today, and cleaned it out, but I didn't unbolt it.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 19 September 2020, 03:40:14 PM »
I've banged things and soaked them in plus gas.  I can get the wrench back on with the exhaust back in place now.  Maybe one more go tomorrow after another night of soaking.  My Torx bits are 1/4 inch hex.  I have a small ratchet and an extension piece from various electric drills and tool boxes. These fit.  The Torx bit in my 3/8" drive set just won't fit properly, either too short, or with the small extension, a bit too long.

The small ratchet and the improvised "breaker bar" in photos.


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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: CPS change
« on: 19 September 2020, 03:13:32 PM »
Well, I've given up on the CPS :( 

I got the Torx on the screwbut it was too tight.   I managed to slacken the exhaust.  But the Hirsch exhaust wont come off completely without a bit more work.  The flange is unbolted but I can't move the exhaust clear of the studs on the turbo. The sports cat hits the gearbox.  Ideally I would remove the studs, but the bottom one is pretty inaccessible The studs have a small Torx end but I don't have any tools that small.  To add to this, not only were the top screws on the exhaust flange finger tight, the bottom one was cross threaded...

There was enough slack for me to get the spanner on the CPS better, but the screw won't move.  I had about a 12 inch lever on it, but no go.  If it breaks, the car will be stuck on the drive :o


I carried on chasing the fuel smell which started last year after I had changed the non-return valve in the EVAP pipe.  It went to Joe to have a look and he found that the valve I fitted wasn't sealing properly, he fitted a proper Saab valve, but the smell still lingered.   Today I thought that I would check the EVAP pipe for leaks, the first thing was to blow through the pipe.  At which point I found that the Saab valve works in the reverse direction to the flow arrow.  Very confusing - and wrong.

I'll have a chat with Joe on Monday and arrange to sort it all out.

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