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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.

Announcements & Events / Next Ace Cafe meet - Sat 11th Jan 11.00am
« on: 15 December 2019, 04:40:58 PM »
The Beds Bucks Herts Group have organised another Ace Cafe meeting for lunchtime on Saturday 11th January.

All welcome! :)

North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD

Lunchtime meeting at Brooklands Museum Weybridge, Surrey.

11.00am onwards

Announcements & Events / Norse Night at the Ace Cafe - 24th Oct
« on: 08 October 2019, 09:00:06 PM »
Norse Night at the Ace Cafe

Thursday 24th October - 6pm

Announcements & Events / Sat 12th October - Saabs at the Ace Cafe.
« on: 02 September 2019, 10:07:58 PM »
Now a regular event. :)

Beds Bucks and Herts Group have organised a meet for Saabs at the Ace Cafe.

Meet from 11.00 am for lunch, coffee, etc.

Ace Cafe, North Circular Road, London NW10 7UD

I have a bit of oil seeping from the inlet pipe at the join with the throttle body.  Before investigating too deeply, I pulled the breather pipe out of the cobra and found this much oil with a dab of my finger.  Is it normal, or too much?  The non-return valve seems to be working.  Hopefully not the turbo seals.  That was new 4000 miles ago.

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