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Old 02-28-2018, 08:07 AM   #1
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Saab 9-3 drive belt, tensioner and pulley replacement or just call it quits?

Hello all,

Had my drive belt give out and looks like the pulley and tensioner need to be replaced as well. I was quoted about $950 to repair all with labor.

Car is an 01 9-3 with 174K miles and has seen better days(Convertible motor is dead, seats torn, bad start ups, etc).

I'm getting opinions on if you would just call it on this car and purchase a new vehicle or if you would pay the repairs? I was hoping to make it to 200K but you know how that goes. My car in current condition is maybe worth $1200...

Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-28-2018, 09:59 AM   #2
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And looking into this, if I tried to repair myself, does anyone know if this is all I would need?
thanks

Euro parts link, but I can't post it? That's dumb forum rules...

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Old 02-28-2018, 11:24 AM   #3
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You can do it as a minimum with that. While the belt is off and you're in there you could do the front crankshaft main seal (behind the crank pulley) and o-ring for the oil pump housing if they are leaking. Also check the alternator and water pump by spinning them by hand with the belt off. If either of them is wobbly or makes a grinding sound you'll have more problems later.

Also check to make sure the A/C compressor isn't seized. Any of those things seizing up will just destroy the new belt.
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