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HELLO FELLOW SAABISTS, DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF RENEWING TIMING,BALANCE SHAFT CHAINS & GEARS ETC. DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY, COST AND SO FORTH? THANKS IN ADVANCE.
 

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Hello,
The easy way I find for the sake of a hour is to R & I head first. It can be done without but the h/gsk is normally damaged on fitment of the timing cover.
R & I all ancillaries from the timing cover.R & I Timing cover. The layout is quite straight forward as you look at it. Note on the balance shaft bearings there is a I & E Inlet and Exhaust.Make sure the Inlet on the gear lines up with the I and the Exhaust with the E. Ideally change the Timing chain ( one piece ) at the same time and the guides and tensioner.
Change the gears on the balance shafts and the idler + tensioner.
Pay attention to the crankshaft gear as this can round off which may have caused the chain to slip.

I will post a diagram of the layout and the part no:- etc if you can wait a day.

The cost from a dealer would be with about 8hrs labour £1500-2000 Inc of parts + vat.
There are many good Saab specialist around the area/country that would help you with advice, and do it for less.

I would say if you have the confidence , do it. All its going to cost you is the parts + your weekend.

My apoliges for the size of the pictures

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Thanks for the advice ScottD, a layout drawing and part numbers would be swell. Not sure if I will attempt it myself but as they say in Dr. Pepper ad. "what's the worst that can happen?". No answers needed thankyou!
 

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Thankyou Scott for the excellent drawings and parts list you posted, my only problem is how to print them off (my printer is chucking out several blank pages with the occasional bit of print!)
 

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SAABYRITE,
I don't know where you are in the West Midlands but I've just had my timing chains + rest done, I can recommend a specialist in Leicester and have the name of someone in Rugby. I paid £450 ish to get it done by a specialist, and I think it is money well spent.

Looks like a piglet of a job to me, if it takes someone who knows what he is doing 7hrs how long is it going to take you ?
 
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