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I've always been a night person! :)   But I don't shape shift! :o

Mind you I slept until 11.30am. today...

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It's a bit of a hassle and might cause damage if done in a hurry.  The seat cover has metal reinforcing rods in it and these are strapped through to the support under the seat foam.  There are about 20 metal rings to cut. Pull the bits through carefully without damaging the foam. I would get the whole seat and DIY carefully.  I had to do this to replace the heating pad. It was a pain.

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The last failures have been at home, so I used the other car to get a new one. That really only meant Halfords which is a mile away.  This last time, both failed at the same time, so I used Tayna because I had time and wasn’t going anywhere.  I was surprised how quickly it arrived in the present circumstances.  I ordered it on Sunday evening and it arrived at lunchtime on Tuesday.

The “luckiest” battery failure I had was in my old Rover. I’d been on site in East London all morning and was returning to the office around the North Circular Road. I stopped for a sandwich at the retail park and when I came to drive off, the battery was dead.  By pure chance Halfords was next door to the sandwich shop! :)

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I got fed up with the loose battery cover that couldn't be fitted properly because the holes for the catches didn't line up properly.  The cover hooks in at the rear and has two quarter turn catches at the front.  If you locate the hooks at the back correctly the catches  can't be pushed into place unless the cover moves forwards about 6mm.  So I extended the holes forwards by filing, and then glued in some bits of plastic to stop them sliding back allowing the hooks to come out.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 2.3t rescue project
« on: 23 May 2020, 11:16:20 PM »
I was advised to press the greeen rollers on with the spring clip in place.   I got the info about a week before I needed to do the job. I used a small G clamp to do the pressing.  The bit that I haven't done, because I got the advice too late, was to drill out the pop rivets and replace with a short bolt and a wide washer.  The pop rivet works loose, which results in the mechanisn twisting a bit, which in turn causes the arms to bend.  It's on the list and I'll do it soon. ::)

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Limp mode on the 9-5 needs a physical reset of the throttle body and the code clearing.  If you leave the code on the ECU, it will trip again.

I had a CPS that was within spec at 20ºC which is the datum that Saab give.  But they don't give a resistance at any other temp.  I checked mine when hot and it was over 1000 Ω.  I don't know if that was normal, but I changed it and the problem went away.

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Modern batteries tend to die without notice.  So not a surprise.

I got a new battery a couple of weeks ago from www.tayna.co.uk which arrived very quickly.  It was also 60% of the price at Halfords for the same make and model. :)

[edit] to remove the same comment as carrera...

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More a slight texture difference.  If you wipe over the area, both sides look the same.

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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.

https://youtu.be/C4Pi1QaWjrw

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 2.3t rescue project
« on: 20 May 2020, 10:33:24 PM »
My current Dame has a "Black Walnut" dash.  It appears black unless the sun is shining directly on it and you look at the right angle.  The photo shows the grain better than it appears to the naked eye.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 2.3t rescue project
« on: 20 May 2020, 10:18:05 PM »
Years ago I changed out the 2002 Aero aluminium finish for the light walnut from the Arc model.

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Failed A/C hose
« on: 20 May 2020, 10:03:53 PM »
There are quite a lot of aftermarket dryers.  There is (was?) a company called Vehicool that sold the basic bits, like condensers and dryers.

I've just ordered a few bits from Bill and then it's going in to Joe for the fitting on Monday week. I changed the wheels yesterday and found the rear discs worn to the limit and the rubber spring seats were rotten. I would have had a go myself, but he's having it for a check and MOT anyway. These days I don't want to have to work to a deadline. I can't rush heavy stuff, in case the arthritis in my hands brings work to a stop for a couple of days.  And it also means working in the open on a hot day.  The car has been too hot to touch today!! :o 

I already have to do the headlamp bulbs before the MOT, maybe tomorrow before the sun gets over the fence...

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 2.3t rescue project
« on: 20 May 2020, 09:13:01 PM »
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 2.3t rescue project
« on: 20 May 2020, 08:15:54 PM »
When it's through the MOT, how many of the fleet of Saab estates will be roadworthy?

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Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Failed A/C hose
« on: 20 May 2020, 05:49:09 PM »
Check the plastic clips that hold the metal pipes.  A Saab specialist broke them while fixing another part.  Then another re-installed the pipes incorrectly.  Both times the pipes rubbed through. :)

It seems that the clips are fragile...



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