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Old 11-08-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Aero Poly-Vee belt twice in two weeks..

Has anyone else had this problem? The belt shredded on the freeway the day after I got my 2000 Aero with 119K on it. Yesterday the oil pressure warning was (attempting to be) on after fitting an OEM downpipe. After my Saab guy ran the Tech 2 on it and found nothing, he said we'd take a look underneath tomorrow (today). On the way home the battery warning light came on, and the (new) belt from two weeks (and maybe 150 miles) ago shredded.
I got a tow this morning, and although a new belt has been fitted there is a distinct smell of burning rubber. It's getting a new oil pressure sensor in the morning, but the belt thing so far is a mystery even to my Saab wiz.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:03 PM   #2
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Problem solved?

Well, nothing to be found in the way of culprits or suspects. Fitted a (nother) new belt, oil pressure sensor, and all's well so far..Let's hope this one lasts more than 100 miles. This is putting a serious load on my Saab enjoyment factor!
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:07 PM   #3
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That sucks, but good luck with it. I'm sure this was replaced under warranty, right?
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:09 PM   #4
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Ummm....my thought is that there is obviously something that is shredding the belt. Check the belt clearances all the way around the belt, and make sure all the pullies are spinning freely.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:03 PM   #5
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My guess would be the upper idler pulley. This seized on mine last week and caused the belt to just burn itself off on that pulley. Though mine made a fun noise as it was burning off, I suppose it could go un-noticed if your not constantly listening/noticing things.
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That sucks, but good luck with it. I'm sure this was replaced under warranty, right?
I only wish it were replaced under warranty. Warranty from whom, anyway? My Saab guy did all the checks and fitted it, so I don't think Saab would want any part of that - and "..upper idler pulley.." eh? I'll have to look into that one. Would that be the same on my Aero as on the cars you have listed in your reply?
Anyway - thanks for all the feedback, guys. Good to know that there are some others out there in similar boats.
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Little different pulley design but its a very similar ball bearing pulley.
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..second one broke last night..got it towed today, an I just got back this evening having braved the Friday night traffic to bring my poor wife home 'cause her Volvo has decided to go on strike, too.. s'pose I'm lucky I didn't sell my 900, yet - I guess I'll be keeping it, now!
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Mando, check the upper idler pulley, if the plastic shreads off the pulley, the metal center section looks almost like it would work (could fool somone into thinking it was OK); if its down to the metal this needs to be replaced...thats where my money still is.
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..second one broke last night..got it towed today, an I just got back this evening having braved the Friday night traffic to bring my poor wife home 'cause her Volvo has decided to go on strike, too.. s'pose I'm lucky I didn't sell my 900, yet - I guess I'll be keeping it, now!
If that car in the picture is yours, I would keep it, get a Viggen styling ensemble. I've always DREAMED of a white Viggen-esque coupe. Would look so hot I think. White's one of the best color for Saabs.

I've had an idle pulley go on me twice, and one of the times I was 300 miles away from home. I would assume one of the bearings has seized. Never heard of the things going like that though. Check all of the pulleys on everything and make sure everything's spinning freely.
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Well, here's the gen: The belt had wrapped itself so tight around the crank pulley/shaft that it stalled, and wouldn't turn over.
I got it towed to my Saab mechanic, and let him deal with it. The top idle pulley was damaged in the grooves, but he said that it wasn't the cause, but as a result of the belt death. After checking all the pulleys, clearances, and anything else we could think of, I decided to go with a 'long' belt. This is the original part, which Saab superceded with a 'short' belt eliminating the center pulley. As this alters the angle at which the belt feeds the other two top pulleys, this would eliminate the only possible remaining component from the equation. Today it passed the 100 mile mark without incident (the other two replacement belts didn't even make it this far), so I'll drive it another 100 miles around town to make sure it's 100% before selling it. Pity ~ I hate to part with it (we've both fallen in love with it), but I'm reaching the bottom of my barrel, and the wife needs a replacement set of wheeels after her Volvo kicked the proverbial bucket a couple of weeks ago.
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I'd say keep that beautiful 9-5 there. Maybe having this long belt will cure the problem and will be the replacement to the volvo. Maybe the saab and the volvo were fighthing with each other hmmmmmmm......little sibling rivalry j/k. Just keep in mind that whoever you would sell this car to should they begin to suffer the same problem as you would come back griping at you possibly.



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I'd say keep that beautiful 9-5 there. Maybe having this long belt will cure the problem and will be the replacement to the volvo. Maybe the saab and the volvo were fighthing with each other hmmmmmmm......little sibling rivalry j/k. Just keep in mind that whoever you would sell this car to should they begin to suffer the same problem as you would come back griping at you possibly.
That's just the reason I wouldn't sell it (yet), until the belt issue was resolved. That said, the long belt has been on for over 400m now, a serious record -breaking distance over the less-than-100-miles that those 'short' belts were holding for! We're both in love with the car, but the (A/C blend door shafts) have gone, and even doing the job myself it's a close-to-$400 job in parts even from eEuroparts.com. I'm driving the NG900 mostly, but it's a different animal. Of course two 9-5 Aero's would be nice..
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