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Been an exciting week! First off ever since I had the tyres changed there's been an occasional scraping noise from the rear of the car when going around bends and roundabouts. Turns out that it was the 17mm socket on the breaker bar in the spare wheel well had come off the bar, most likely I disturbed it when I retrieved the tyre compressor to check the tyre pressures the day after the tyres were replaced. At least it was an easy fix. ::)

Then the aircon has not been blowing very cold, I have a pressure gauge so popped it on to measure the pressure and it was indeed low, however the low pressure port got stuck part open when I removed the pressure gauge, so I had to pay for the mobile guy to come out and replace the valve and do the recharge for me... Only £96 but the pressure on the high pressure side of the A/C system is quite high after a full regas so we suspect that someone has put leak stop in it in the past dand that's probably gummed up the condenser although i'm not having it replaced as it's not really worth it, main side effect is that the aircon isn't quite as cold as it should be.  :thumbdown:

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Judder on constant throttle
« on: 26 May 2021, 12:43:11 PM »
Expensive but worth it, at least having that good DI in the boot as a spare will see you good!

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 1999 Saab 9-5 SE ABS Lights
« on: 22 May 2021, 07:49:38 PM »
I noted that you called them "tone rings" earlier, which is a terminology I was not familiar with for the reluctor rings. Did they say they were clean or had been replaced? I have known the rear ones to be faulty before hence why I'd get it on Tech-II.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 1999 Saab 9-5 SE ABS Lights
« on: 21 May 2021, 06:34:29 PM »
That's a brand new ring, I also wonder if the wrong type have been fitted. I'm fairly certain that a failure at around 8mph was a wheel speed sensor issue. At this point I'd be counting the teeth on the rings. Of course it could be a rear sensor ring which I think was integrated into the wheel hub that is faulty.

Personally I would pay the money for Tech-II with someone who knows what they are doing next.

Not that it will do much good but I think this is the A&P who made the stepper motors.

Have a look here  (specifically from here Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:20 pm) ....not quite so generic as we all hoped for.......

They're still generic parts, speak to some of the cluster repair places, I had a couple of these repaired for customers some time around 2010 with new motors and it wasn't that hard to get done.

They don't need to be exact, they're generic motors.

(I *think* they might be X65 stepper motors but I'm not taking my car apart to check! they are readily available)

Thanks again...piccy of stepper motor I have close up...and it is this bit that I and a few others are stumped one knows what it is or where to get it...

I don't think they are looking hard enough! There are a lot for Opel all over ebay which look pretty much the same and there are instrument cluster repair companies out there who will be able to advise exactly what the part is that is needed.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 1999 Saab 9-5 SE ABS Lights
« on: 16 May 2021, 07:37:27 PM »
Is there any way to test the rings while they're still on the car?

It looks like they don't make the CV axle for the early 9-5s any more.

I think that a Tech-II would give the speeds and show which was faulty, I can't remember now though as it's been over 10 years since I last used Tech-II. You should be able to get the reluctor rings though and get someone to fit them to an old CV joint.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: 1999 Saab 9-5 SE ABS Lights
« on: 15 May 2021, 09:39:56 AM »
I suspect a small crack in the toothed ring on one of the front axles.  This will increase the gap between two of the teeth enough to cause the ABS to activate.  Itís not a matter of cleanliness of the teeth.  You will need to look closely to see the crack.

I would agree with this, I've known the cracks to be very difficult to see so that until they're in your hand to inspect you can't see them.

Took both my bikes for a bike fit yesterday which meant getting the towbar bike carrier out of the shed. That was all very successful (other than having to buy some different stems and seat posts for my bikes) but when getting home and unplugging the bike carrier electrics the mounting plate for the electrics snapped!

£21 for a Witter Z50 delivered next day from Amazon and bit of swearing later I now have the electrics sorted again.

Replaced the tyres last week with another set of Michelin Cross Climates, total cost £494!

Could have "saved" £70 by taking it elsewhere but as my tyre guy comes to me and does it properly overall it's far less hassle. One thing he noticed was the one tyre which lost a few psi a month, was the one without rim sealant which he very carefully put on all the wheels this time.

I reviewed my phone use a year or two ago.  I kept the phone and went for a SIM only contract. The best deal was with Tesco.  Not long after that I "needed" a better phone, and the most economic option was to buy the phone and continue the Tesco SIM only deal. 

Depends where in the phones life cycle you buy, when I got our pixel 3 phones the total price of the contract over 2 years was as cheap as buying a brand new pixel 3, simply because the pixel 4 was about to be released and the retailers wanted to clear stock...

When I was looking at the iphone 12 on contracts recently they were astronomically expensive as I guess the networks want people who are desperate to upgrade but who can't afford to buy outright to lock themselves in for 2 years at a higher price. If I was going to get the iphone 12 I would buy outright and get my service elsewhere, but if you look at contract deals for the iphone 11 then there are some deals where it's cheaper to get the bundle.

If you want good deals on phones then and are both good.

Classic Saab 9-5 (MY 1998-2010) / Re: Judder on constant throttle
« on: 03 May 2021, 02:39:31 PM »
I'd put the spare DI from the boot onto the car and see what happened, you do have a spare in the boot right?  ;) 

It's quite low risk to be honest as there's no electronics in that area. Quickest way would have been to use the dremel!

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