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Old 08-22-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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2001 Saab 9-3 belt size

I replied to a post (my first) yesterday. I hadn't received a reply but following directions within the other comments I pressed ahead and started replacing my serpentine belt. I have A/C in the vehicle. The belt travels around 7 pulleys. One idler pulley. I stress this because after I googled serpentine belt diagrams.
http://www.justanswer.com/car/2qg67-...-saab-9-3.html
I saw another variation that has a 2nd idler pulley located above the crankshaft.
When I went to install the belt it was too large. Napa part 25-060923 apparently made by Gates. On the reverse side it gives measurements 13/16" x 92-7/8" OC. Had a Canadian tire belt brought to my location with the same results? Should I purchase a belt for a Saab without A/C?
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There are numerous threads about this. Try searching for short belt mod.

Basically Saab decided the center idler pulley above the crankshaft was unnecessary. So at some point (don't remember what year) they bypassed it and did not install the idler. People whose car originally came with the idler thought it was a good idea too (like when the idler or belt failed) and so they have bypassed it like Saab had.

Easiest thing is to get the same length belt as what came off. Other wise search and you will find the correct length.
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for reading my message. I have been combing through the older posts. Unfortunately no specific belt sizes have been provided for my configuration. Today out of necessity, I opted to modify my configuration. I chose to exclude my compressor, for the time being. I utilized a post that provided a specific belt part number (Napa 060716). It was workable because it did not require the idler above the crankshaft. A nice bonus with this new configuration was its ease of installation. I did not have to remove the passenger side motor mount. I am still looking for a belt size that would allow me to reconnect my A/C compressor. If I find it I will keep the 060716 as a spare. It is super easy to install.
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You should never have to remove the motor mount to change the belt.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:24 AM   #5
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Thanks for reading my message. I have been combing through the older posts. Unfortunately no specific belt sizes have been provided for my configuration. Today out of necessity, I opted to modify my configuration. I chose to exclude my compressor, for the time being. I utilized a post that provided a specific belt part number (Napa 060716). It was workable because it did not require the idler above the crankshaft. A nice bonus with this new configuration was its ease of installation. I did not have to remove the passenger side motor mount. I am still looking for a belt size that would allow me to reconnect my A/C compressor. If I find it I will keep the 060716 as a spare. It is super easy to install.
2345mm should be the correct length to include the A/C, but ignore the idler above the crankshaft (i.e. the belt travels horizontally across the top of the motor between the power steering pulley and the upper idler pulley).

The belts I've gotten have been labeled 6PK2345.

2345mm is about 93 and 1/3 inches, so your belt might be pretty close to correct.
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