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Saab Ipswich Repairs

Saab ECU Ipswich

We can help source most Saab Parts for local fitting

Saab Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Saab paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Saab different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Saab Timing Belt - Saab Cambelt
Saab Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Saab service or if the Timing Belt on your Saab has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Saab Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Saab Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Saab Performance Spares
OEM Saab parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Saab Clutches
Saab clutch repairs Ipswich - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Saab Clutch kit

Saab Starter Motors
Replacement Saab Starter motors installed

Saab Suspension System
Saab replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Saab Alternators
Replacement Saab alternators fitted

Saab Brakes
Routine Saab servicing, replacement Saab brake pads & discs fitted, Saab hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Saab Body Panels
Replacement Saab panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Saab Panel damage repairs

Saab Electrical Components
Saab electrical faults repaired using Saab OEM components - Saab sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Saab Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Saab Autoelectrics
Saab electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Saab engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Saab Cooling System
Replacement Saab radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Saab engine at its optimal operating temperature

Saab Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Saab model

Saab EGR Valves
Replacement Saab EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Saab - The EGR valve helps your Saab burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Saab engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Saab Exhausts
Saab Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Saab Exhausts fitted & welded

Saab Engines
Saab Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Saab Gearboxes
Saab Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Saab gearbox

Ipswich Brake Servicing - New Disc Brakes & Pads

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Modern Saab braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Saab brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Ipswich Saab Brake Repairs

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Saab rear wheels

Drum Brakes are an older system than Saab disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Saab disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Saab Brake Servicing - Saab Brake Discs and Pads

Saab Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

If the Saab brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Saab brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

The brake pads on your Saab should wear first

if the Saab brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Saab Brake Inspection Elements

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

And carry out the following maintenance of your Saab braking system:-

Brake pipe Condition

Brake calliper operation

Hand brake linkage condition

Brake drum condition

General brake disc condition

Adjust handbrake

Handbrake function and travel

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

ABS warning light operation

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Wheel cylinder condition

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Saab Steering System

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

Common symptoms of Saab steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Saab tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Saab steering system is uneven tyre wear

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Your Saab steering inspection can include:-

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Condition

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Saab Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Saab Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Replacement Saab Cambelt - Timing Belt

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Since Saab Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Saab

Generally Saab belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Saab that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Saab Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Saab parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Saab timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Ipswich:- Saab Replacement Clutch

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Saab Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Saab clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Saab Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Saab Clutch kit:-
Saab clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Saab clutch slave cylinder

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

The Saab clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theSaab transmission system

Saab Engine Efficiency - Fuel Injection

Saab Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Saab fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Saab Engine Mapping
The Saab ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

Saab Re-Mapping Ipswich
The Saab ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Saab vehicles

Saab Engine Oil Change

Oil & Filter Change
A new Saab oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Saab engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Saab engine fails

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Saab running smoothly

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Saab motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Saab recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Synthetic Oil Change - Ipswich
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Saab engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Saab performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Saab engine increases

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Saab engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Saab Exhaust Fitting Ipswich

The Saab exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

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Ipswich Tyre Fitting

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Saab ABS

  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Control Unit

Saab Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Saab AC Evaporator
  • Saab AC Condenser
  • Saab AC Fluid Top Up
  • Saab AC Compressor
  • Saab AC Pump
  • Saab AC Receiver Drier
  • Saab AC Radiator

Saab Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Saab Oil Filter
  • Saab Air Filter
  • Saab Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Saab Fuel Filter
  • Saab Transmission Filter Kit

Saab Electronic Sensors

  • Saab Oxygen Sensor
  • Saab Temperature Sensor
  • Saab Air Flow Mass Meter

Saab Electrical

  • Saab Fuel Pump
  • Saab Fog Lights
  • Saab Bulbs
  • Saab Window Motors
  • Saab Electronic Control Unit
  • Saab Heater Core
  • Saab Lambda Sensor
  • Saab Oxygen Sensor
  • Saab Heater Blower Motor
  • Saab Antenna
  • Saab Thermostats
  • Saab ECU Mapping Remap
  • Saab Parking Light
  • Saab Starter Motor
  • Saab Spark Plugs
  • Saab Ignition Coil
  • Saab Headlights
  • Saab Water Pump
  • Saab Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Saab Alternator
  • Saab Cooling Fan
  • Saab Tail Lights
  • Saab Eibach Pro Kit

Saab Wheel & Axle

  • Saab CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Saab Control Arm
  • Saab Ball Joints
  • Saab Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Saab Tyres
  • Saab Axle Assembly

Saab Braking System

  • Saab Brake Master Cylinder
  • Saab Brake Drums
  • Saab Brake Calipers
  • Saab Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Saab Brake Discs
  • Saab Brake Pads
  • Saab Brake Servo
  • Saab Brake Compensator Valve
  • Saab Brake Rotor

Saab Clutch Kits

  • Saab Clutch Kit
  • Saab Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Saab Flywheel
  • Saab Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Saab Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Saab Clutch Pedal
  • Saab Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Saab Clutch Cable

Saab Replacement Exhausts

  • Saab Silencer
  • Saab Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Saab Exhaust Pipes
  • Saab Oxygen Sensor
  • Saab Exhaust Manifold
  • Saab Tailpipe
  • Saab Lambda Sensor
  • Saab Exhaust Box
  • Saab Exhaust
  • Saab Muffler
  • Saab EGR Valve
  • Saab Exhaust System Complete

Saab Engine Components

  • Saab Pistons and Cylinder
  • Saab Fuel Injector
  • Saab Timing Belt Kits
  • Saab Timing Chain Kits
  • Saab Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Saab Ignition Coil
  • Saab Engine Mounts
  • Saab Cylinder Head Gasket

Ipswich Gasket Fitting

  • Saab Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Saab Valve Cover Gasket

Saab Lubrication System

  • Saab Oil Pump
  • Saab Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Saab Oil Sump and Plate
  • Saab Oil Filter
  • Saab Fuel Cap
  • Saab Oil Cap

Saab Misc

  • Saab Steering Rack
  • Saab Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Saab Power Steering Hoses
  • Saab Serpentine and V Belt
  • Saab Radiator
  • Saab Radiator Pipes
  • Saab Power Steering Pump
  • Saab Windscreen Wipers
  • Saab Hood Emblems
  • Saab Wiper Blades
  • Saab Struts
  • Saab Shock Absorbers
  • Saab Tie Rods
  • Saab Throttle Body & Cable

Suspension Saab

  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Saab bush wear
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Saab Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Sway Bar
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Struts
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Spring Condition
  • Ball Joints
  • Idler arm
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Saab Additional Suspension Components
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Tie Rods
  • Suspension Struts

Saab Problems

  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Knocking sound
  • Saab Immobiliser
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Saab Lights not working
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Window stuck
  • Can't get into gear
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Judder when braking
  • Clutch juddering
  • Clutch Won't work
  • My Saab Won't Start
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Saab Check Engine Light On
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Clogged Saab air filter
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Engine Misfires
  • Saab Radiator fan not working
  • Engine Stalls
  • Engine Overheating
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Slipping when cold
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Saab check engine light on
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Saab Headlights not working
  • Saab keeps stalling
  • My Saab Does Not drive Straight
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Warning Lights On
  • Heater Not Working
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