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Old 11-05-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Coolant Leak - Hard to track down

I have a coolant leak on my '02 9-3 2.0 Litre Turbo Hatchback.

It's on the engine compartment passenger side. Underneath one of the pully's, I see a metal brace which attaches to the frame. On this brace, I see coolant, however, it does not appear to come from the bottom radiator hose (engine side). Where is the location of the water pump on this engine? (and is it possible this is my leak?) Underneath the car, when it's running, there's a slow, but steady (about 1 drop per second) leak of coolant, which appears to drip down from this brace, down to what I assume is the AC compressor at the bottom.

Any help is appreciated.

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Old 11-05-2008, 09:33 PM   #2
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Sounds like the water pump.

The WP is under the power steering pump. The PS pump is on the (looking at the engine with the hood open) front left of the motor. It's one of the few pulley driven accessories that you can see easily.

The water pumps are made to leak slowly out of the "weep hole" before they fail totally, and cook your motor.



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What's the difficulty level of replacing the WP on this engine?

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yup palmer's right its more than like the water pump, i had the same problem in the 9k, idk how hard the og 9-3s are but on the 9k is wasnt hard at all, took me about 15-20 min to remove, i unbolted the old one, bolted the new one and sealed it up with some rtv, then i waited for it to dry for about an hour, and then i reinstalled it, so in total it took me about an hour and 40 mins or so including waiting for it to dry,

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Alright i just checked the saab site, og 9-3 is slightly more involved but i dont think it should be more than 2-3 hours, but what do i know, iv never done one on a og9-3

heres the link, its straight forward you shouldnt have any difficulties

http://www.thesaabsite.com/900new/NG...emoval4cyl.htm

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Sounds like a water pump to me too. Don't let it go, replace it before it totally fails.

I'd also suggest springing for the Genuine Saab one which is both halves preassembled, rather then the HEPU or some other aftermarket junk which only come with the pump half and not the other side that attaches to the block.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:42 AM   #6
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The removal and installation link is extremely helpful, thanks!

Is it likely to be the pump, or just simply a gasket?

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make shure to use ALOT of vasiline on all the orings its very easy to cut them
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I'd say likely the pump. The gasket really shouldn't fail, its not in a high stress area.
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Sounds like a water pump to me too. Don't let it go, replace it before it totally fails.

I'd also suggest springing for the Genuine Saab one which is both halves preassembled, rather then the HEPU or some other aftermarket junk which only come with the pump half and not the other side that attaches to the block.
ya cause it you let it go, the bearing in it is going to go and wear a big hole in your front cover and then there will be oil all over the place well before you over heat

yes please get a Genuine saab part aftermarket stuff sucks
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I'd say likely the pump. The gasket really shouldn't fail, its not in a high stress area.
i dont think i have ever heard of a half gasket failing its ALLWAYS the pump its self or the orings going into the block
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i dont think i have ever heard of a half gasket failing its ALLWAYS the pump its self or the orings going into the block
Only gasket I've ever seen fail was one that was re-used after being pulled apart, even then it lasted several hundered miles (emergency water pump replacement with no new gasket or gasket maker).

But yeah, in a regular situation I've NEVER seen one fail.
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Recommendations for where to purchase a genuine pump?

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x3 on eeuro. The Genuine Saab one is about $140-150, comes with o-rings, both halves, pulley, etc.
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Leaks

Thoroughly clean the area around the leak.
Spray area with Desenex, Cruex, or other type of white powder.
Voila! It will be obvious where the leak is originating. Good Luck
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Old 06-01-2009, 06:44 PM   #17
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Old thread, but I actually found the leak. It was indeed the water pump (the pully side). Replaced that, and the problem was solved. Getting to the pump wasn't exactly easy, but hey, it works.

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