Cheap Bodges

  1. Welcome to Saabscene – General discussion forum for Saab

    Welcome to Saabscene - a website dedicated to all things Saab.

    You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, Join Saabscene today!
     
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 37

Thread: Cheap Bodges

  1. #1

    Cheap Bodges

    Inspired by this thread in the 9-5 forum, I encourage all 900 and 9-3 owners to share their quick fixes.

    I'll start with my top-tip: when your ACC cabin air temperature sensor fan gets noisy, pop it out and replace it upside-down. It'll give you another year or so of quiet motoring .

  2. Remove Advertisements
    SaabScene.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Saab Anorak
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    597

    Headlight Relay

    This is sgould's fix, but it worked for me:

    For failure of the headlight relay (the orange one), simply open it up and re-solder where the circuit board meets the external pins.

    Symptoms include intermittent loss of one or more headlamps, possibly including the main beam indicator.

  4. #3
    Regular Saab Guy
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Deepest Suffolk, UK
    Posts
    94

    Re: Cheap Bodges

    Noisy ACC sensor fan:

    Remove and oil spindle at both ends. Seems to have worked, but for all I know I may have put it back in upside down (see above).

  5. #4
    Saab Junior
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Surrey, England
    Posts
    27

    Re: Cheap Bodges

    Not so much a cheap bodge, but one that saves a lot of time.

    Clutch cable adjustment using washers at the bulkhead end.

    The official modification to get the clutch to bite slightly higher up the pedal travel is to remove the clutch cable and slide 1 or 2 2mm washers over the locating spigot on the cable and refit the cable. Any one who has done this will know how difficult it is to disconect and re connect the cable to the pedal.

    You dont need to !

    Just disconnect the clutch end of the cable and and pull the outer away from the bulkhead and fit wahers with a slot cut in them (just wide enough to get over the inner cable). They cant come off when the cable is back in postion.

    To release the cable at the clutch end, back of the pedal height adjustment nut,(Haynes dosnt mention this). It allows the top of the pedal to move nearer the bulk head and gives you plenty of slack.

  6. #5
    Saabisti
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    West Sussex
    Posts
    100

    Re: Cheap Bodges

    Messy looking flexi joint on your exhaust front downpipe? Just use a large "Jubilee" clip round the end(s) of the joint to push all the fraying bits back into position again. Seems to work a treat! This is assuming that it's not leaking of course!

  7. #6
    Saab Nut Nicko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Surrey, UK
    Posts
    464

    Re: Cheap Bodges

    Should this one be included here?

    https://www.saabscene.com/saabforum/showf...1&fpart=all

    Not so much a bodge but seemingly a good, economical repair!

  8. #7
    Saab Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Devon, England
    Posts
    8

    Re: Cheap Bodges

    To fix the SID pixels another way:
    I was too scared to risk the soldering method as my soldering skills are not great. I saw somewhere on the net that you can dismantle the SID and increase the pressure between the ribbon and the board to fix the problem.
    I did this by using a couple of strips of thin foam (taken from some old packaging) and positioning them between the screen and the board before re-tightening the screws for the screen.
    I went from having only around 30% of the pixels working to 100% pixels working with minimal risk of ruining the unit.

    Ben.

  9. #8
    Saabisti
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Rotherham, UK
    Posts
    222
    I've had the same problem with my SID2 and sorted it by putting more pressure on the ribbon cables as mentioned by Ben.

    A usefull website with pictures: http://www.thesaabsite.com/93/Saab-Sidrepairs.htm

    Best regards

    Raymond

  10. #9
    chipped windscreen - use crack attack - you can get it on ebay - does a cracking job!

  11. #10
    Inspired by this thread in the 9-5 forum, I encourage all 900 and 9-3 owners to share their quick fixes.

    I'll start with my top-tip: when your ACC cabin air temperature sensor fan gets noisy, pop it out and replace it upside-down. It'll give you another year or so of quiet motoring .[/b]

    Great tip with the ACC cabin air temp sensor. That had been annoying me for some time so had a go at replacing upside down. Took 10 mins and is working well again. Thank you!

  12. #11

    My front suspension clonked (2001 2.2 TiD). I cured it by simply nipping up the anti roll bar's drop links. The key is to hold the lower link still with a size 11 spanner whilst tightening the nut that hangs down underneith (size 13 socket) - result - silence over bumps and better handling.

    However, i have ordered 2 new links - you never know, it might et better still!

  13. #12
    Saabisti topgear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Hull, UK
    Posts
    130
    I'll start with my top-tip: when your ACC cabin air temperature sensor fan gets noisy, pop it out and replace it upside-down. It'll give you another year or so of quiet motoring .[/b]
    I've just bought my first Saab and joined this forum and came across this old post.
    Mines only just started making a noise too!

    How do you actually remove this from the dash?

    Thanks,

  14. #13
    Great idea,i used a jubilee clip but upon reading this post looks good

  15. #14

    Post

    Great tip for you all.i own a saab ng900 convertable 1998,now i am sure we all know about the top idler pully bearing being noisy(£40.00 a pop),well i took mine off yesterday for inpection and found it to be ok and decided to check the bearings more closely,so i took a small flat head screwdriver and leaverd out the rubber seal,now with the bearings exposed i applied some high melting point grease to the bearing cage,carefully replaced the seal and now all is quite.
    It is a 10 min job(you have to slacken the drive belt first,easy,check out the forum)and it will save the bearing from siezing up thus destroying the drive belt,my next job is to do the same with the center idler pulley(more difficult to get to and looks like a hexigon type nut)anyway if i can get that off i will do the same.

  16. #15
    I've just bought my first Saab and joined this forum and came across this old post.
    Mines only just started making a noise too!

    How do you actually remove this from the dash?

    Thanks, [/b]
    I've just done this "repair" myself - seems to have done the trick.

    Realistically cannot see any way of doing this other than to take the side panel off, push the sensor unit through the panel, rotate 180 then push it back through

    Taking the side panel off it the time consuming bit, but beats a replacement sensor at £50+ plus


    B_Cal

  17. Remove Advertisements
    SaabScene.com
    Advertisements
     

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Cheap Bodges!
    By Bigredsaab in forum Classic Saab 9-5 (1997 - 2009)
    Replies: 67
    Last Post: 07-06-2012, 09:06 AM
  2. Convertible Bodges
    By Honeyman in forum Classic Saab 900 (1979 - 1993)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-03-2006, 06:37 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.2