Sorry mate, Saabs dont have timing belts, they use chains, the only belts saabs have got (well 2.0 and 2.3 anyway) is a auxillery belt, which powers your alternator/air conditionimg etc. etc. If its a new chain you require, you will almost certainly be talking big money, if its a new aux belt, then about £70 should sort it.
Which begs the question actionslax, 'how do you know the timming 'chain' needs doing'?
Where'as a normal timming 'belt' (on your aveage car' needs replacing at least by 70K miles (usually much earlier), the Saab timming belts normally run for 150k miles before replacement is necessary.
When the chain is worn it will normally rattle, especially when cold.
Some dealers (2 stroke to turbo) do a 'cut and shut' chain (only) replacement, which means feeding a 'cut' chain onto the sprockets, then using the split link to reconnect it. This is OK if you don't love Saabs and are selling the car (without too much consideration for the next owner!). And costs arounf £100. NB: The chain is cheap it's the labour that will cost you.
But whenever the chain needs replacing, normally so do both sprockets (as the teeth can get badly worn and bent!) as well as the guides. You can buy kits which contain all parts. If memory serves rightly it will cost about £100 for the kit.
Normally replacing the whole lot will cost another £200 - 300 in labour, but avoid the main dealers unless you want to double the price!
Thanks for answering my question. Sorry people my knowledge of the "workings under the bonnet" goes as far as where to put the oil and where to fill the windscreen wash, hence why i refer to this site for information.
Paul D: Just had the car serviced (at 120k) and the mechanic said that it will need done in the near future. I can here no rattling at the moment.
Ahh... unless it was a Saab specialist who recommended the timing 'chain' change, it sounds like a regular mechanic was doing his standard 'what you need done next' 'post service brief', which would explain why he called refered to a 'belt'.
Ref recent posting titled: "9000 CSE auto", where two contributants refer to their timing chains needing changing at 67k (Carlsson) and 70k miles.
But I am sure these cars must have been hard driven, as my last 9000 (2L '94) had 150k miles and the chain was just starting to rattle. My current '98 9000 with 100k miles runs without a sound from the timing chain.
So I wouldn't worry until a rattle is heard or you reach 150k, at which point it would be wise to get it changed.
actionslax....if your worried about your timing chain get your garage to check the timing chain extention, I think its anything under 11mm is within saab specifications
Paul D I do drive hard but not enough to kill a chain at those miles...my last 2 saabs had the chains changed @ 150...and 175 the saab guys that just changed these said they looked like they had done 150k the only thing I can think of is the car was stored for over 5 years and it was not run properly
If it doesn't rattle - LEAVE IT! oh and never ever go for the split link option, yes it seems the easy option but the guides will probably need replacing as well and just replacing the chain wont fix it...
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