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I had read stories of huge cost to replace the timing chain, so having changed one recently on a 900T 16V whilst the head was off I decided that as my 9K had done 200K I would replace the chain in situ to prove a point that it can be done in just 2 hours as long as the tensioner and guides are not worn out. The chain I bought came with a split link so it was just a case of being very carefull and just feeding it on a small amount at a time. unless you are a fairly skilled engine man I would not reccomend you try it but I can now confirm that it can be done. I thought my engine sounded okay before I did it but now its done it sounds so smooth and quite and no noise on cold start up and it does seem to have a bit more get up and go. If anyone would like more info and the timing chain make and part No I will gladly give a more in depth step by step.
I also have a very simple method to uprate your boost without expence or problems.
 

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Jerry, I had a split link chain done by a saab specialist on my 1989 Carlsson. He told me to be gentle with it for 150/200 miles in case the chain came off as it had to bed in . Sold the car last October and its still running well.John.
 

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I would be really gratefull if you give me th whole procédure. I'm a bit afraid doing it by myself.... Hope to read you soon. thanks. Laurent
 

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Laurent, the detailed procedure is on the Townsend site here under Saabmaster, then Engine, but the site appears to be down at the moment.

Try it in a few days.
 
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