01-27-2003, 07:11 PM
Help unable to drain oil as the sump plug is stripped (not the internal thread, hope & pray)are these available as Dealer only or can you pick them up at any Autoshop, i live many miles from a dealer. Also, call me thick call me stupid it is anti-clockwise to remove the plug like most bolts, screws etc, as you can maybe guess my car repair skills are limited what was going to be a 10 minute job is now turning into a bit of a nightmare!!!
Ken J A
02-09-2003, 10:01 PM
I had the same problem myself with my 95 900. Stripped it nice and round with no hope of ever getting it off again. I took it to a friend who is very handy and he simply and quickly welded a larger bolt over the existing. Worked like a charm. Problem is I had the car towed a while back and the operator cracked my oilpan and they had to replace it. It was done by the dealer so I bet I'm back to square one in trying to get that nut loose on my next oil change. I had also bought a new plug and of course the dealers charge large prices. Find a large nut to fit over the existing and drive it to a welder would be my thought. And yes it is anti-clockwise. I beleive they bring in gorillas to tighten these things at each oil change.
02-13-2003, 12:49 PM
Ken, Much obliged for the info, i'll certainly give it a go, anything to save me going to a garage and parting with cash, me being a canny Scotsman it hurts. Get the ramps out at the weekend and go for it. I have'nt priced the plug yet but the dealers will no doubt milk it for what is only a fancy bolt!
02-13-2003, 01:04 PM
You could also try to grip the old sump plug with a pair of good mole-grips to release it.
As for a new one if you can remove it try taking it to your local accesory shop and ask them to match it for thread pitch and size,But it may suprise you the cost of a new one from Saab! always worth a phone call to check the price before trying to save money on non-genuine parts.
02-13-2003, 01:22 PM
other trick is to hammer on a socket a size smaller ....
worked for me on my 9000
still on btw...
02-13-2003, 01:44 PM
Saabman/Ylee Coyote, glad i sent a mail now, it took a while for a reply but appreciate the advice and i am sure i'll get it off one way or another.