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Chain tensioner rattle again
« on: 30 January 2019, 08:42:29 PM »
Well I've been using Jet for work this week. Today it was very cold when I got to the car park so ran the engine whilst I scraped the ice off the screen.

I could definitely hear what I can only describe as a slight regular gonging (Notting Hill Carnival steel drum) noise coming from the engine that I suspect is chain/ tensioner rattle. It was more noticeable than I remember, though not a total disaster.

When I got home and the engine was hot, I got out of the car to listen and the noise was gone.

So now I want to get it investigated and sorted, so interested in any Saab specialist recommendations in the Warwickshire/midlands area. I have used Hallam & Sutherns before but they are 50 miles away from me. Similarly WMSS, albeit a bit less far. Someone has suggested a place called Ashby Garage, but I don't know them.

Can anyone recommend a specialist I could try?
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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #1 on: 31 January 2019, 11:33:18 AM »
My grandson had a service and MOT done on his 9-3 (our old 1.8t) at Lime Garages.  This was the name of the old Saab dealer in Leamington.  When that closed, the mechanics moved to the other garage in that company which is the Kia dealer in Stratford Rd, Warwick.  When I last went past, there was a "Lime Garage" sign over the door around the side.

Grandson is a non-mechanic sort of guy but felt he had been treated OK, unlike the Nissan garage he used before.  They did the service, rang him for authorisation on fixing one issue for the MOT and he was talked through a list of "advisories" that needed addressing soon (not MOT  ones).  These were also listed on the invoice.

Maybe worth asking them for an opinion?  I know one guy who felt that they were not knowledgeable about things, but he's a chartered engineer, like me, and we have a different view of the competence of garages!!
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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #2 on: 31 January 2019, 12:07:43 PM »
I've also heard of http://www.saab-rugby.co.uk
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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #3 on: 31 January 2019, 04:05:54 PM »
I rang up the Lime Garages at the Kia Garage in Warwick. I believe the dealership is owned by the same people who used to run the Saab dealer franchise in Leamington.

They were fairly expensive when I was ringing round a handful of specialists last year, so I didn't use them. Location wise they would be ideal.

I'm leaning towards WMSS though (or H&S) as I can get a courtesy car off them whilst mine is in. In the case of WMSS, I might even find myself in a 9-5 again  for the first time in 13 years!!!! :D

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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #4 on: 08 February 2019, 04:37:57 PM »
Just had a quick chat with a guy from Bagnall Saab in Birmingham about my Aero with the potential chain tensioner issue.

Can anyone recommend these guys? They're a bit of a distance from me, but if they are good, and can give me a courtesy car, I'd consider taking the boy over to them to have a look at.

I rang Ken M Jones in Rugby but there was no answer. I have previously used Hallam & Sutherns, but they are a 100 mile round trip from me. I would go back to them again, but had seen people speak highly of Bagnall, so thought I'd call them. Bagnall should be a bit closer than H&S.

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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #5 on: 08 February 2019, 09:05:22 PM »
I've not used Bagnall, but I have heard that while they know their stuff, they tend to over book and jobs can take a lot longer than you expect.
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Re: Chain tensioner rattle again
« Reply #6 on: 10 February 2019, 09:45:12 PM »
If U can get a courtesy car, that doesn't bother me too much. The boy spends most of his time on driveway duty, guarding the house at the moment!!!

Except for when I use him for work for a handful of days, or take him for a blast because I can ;)

WMSS messaged me to suggest a balance chain/timing issue too which was what Bagnall suggested it might be too.

Just want to get it sorted now so that we can start using him a bit more (and then I can move onto the bodywork ;) )