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Saab Engine & Timing Belt Services

If your worried that your Saab timing belt has reached that crucial time when it’s safer to change it than risk having the timing belt snap and causing damage to the engine and valves just fill in our simple enquiry form or contact us on 0800 0407 429 to arrange an estimate for a service and new timing belt or use our simple form and we'll get your local garage to contact you.

When replacing the Saab timing belt: The water pump, if run off the same belt should be replaced and as a matter of precaution change the engine coolant at the same time to maximise pump life
Rollers, tensioner and thermostat may also need replacing

Depending upon the engine arrangement and any components operated by the timing belt there may be other parts reaching the end of their safe service life and need replacing along with the timing belt. Generally, they work out cheaper to replace at a milestone service as they’re unlikely to last another 60,000 miles and will add an additional labour cost; you may also need breakdown recovery if they fail without warning

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Saab Ipswich:- Timing Belts Fitted

Ipswich Saab Timing Belt

Saab Timing Belts Supplied and Fitted by local garages

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

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

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

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

Saab Alternators
Replacement Saab alternators fitted

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

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 Starter Motors
Replacement Saab Starter motors installed

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

Replacement Saab Cambelt - Timing Belt

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saab Garage Services - Saab Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

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

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

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

Ipswich Saab Brake Repairs

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Saab Brake Servicing & Inspection Ipswich

Brake calliper operation

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Adjust handbrake

Brake pipe Condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

ABS warning light operation

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

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Hand brake linkage condition

General brake disc condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Brake drum condition

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

Wheel cylinder condition

Handbrake function and travel

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Saab Steering System

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

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

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.

Your Saab steering inspection can include:-

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Saab Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Condition

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Saab Services Braking System Servicing and Repair

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

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

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

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

Ipswich Replacement Saab Clutch

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Saab Engine Efficiency - Fuel Injection

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

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

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 Oil Change Frequency

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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Saab ABS

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

Saab Air Conditioning

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

Saab Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

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

Saab Electronic Sensors

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

Saab Electrical Components

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

Saab Wheel Components

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

Saab Brake Parts

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

Saab Clutches

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

Saab Replacement Exhausts

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

Saab Engine Repairs

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

Saab Gaskets

  • Saab Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Saab Valve Cover Gasket

Saab Oil & Hydraulics

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

Saab Parts

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

Saab - Suspension & Springs

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

Saab Problems

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