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Old 04-10-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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So i popped open the hood today to check the oil and suprise, looks like oil spread ALL OVER the left side of the engine, its all over the belt, pulleys, went up onto the airfilter. Car is not running badly or anything, its been starting a little weird lately thats about it. And the thing is, the stuff thats caked all over is like grease not oil, with chunks of what seems like rubber in it, and i looked at the serp belt and theres a line slightly chewed into the top of the belt. where i assume the chunks of rubber is from. But where is the grease coming from???? whats rubbing on the belt??? Ill upload pictures tomorrow. Im going to take the car into the local indie saab shop to have him check it out. Mean time, anybody encounter this before? What the hell broke open or blow up? The most of the "grease" is coming from the lower end, down by the lowest front pulley.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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CV joint boot let go?
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Yeah, CV grease is my guess too, based on the description.
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you know what guys....that makes alot of sense. obviously i can still drive on it till i fix it right? i mean i drive 30 miles round trip on the highway to get to work. but what i dont get is why is the belt look irritated? Obviously doesnt have anything to do with the CV joint, but not something i need to make a thread about it lol.
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the longer that boot is open the more dirt and water will get in it causing the cv joint to fail. you could end up having to replace the axel instead of just the boot, which obviously costs more but is a lot less messy
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Does your belt look like this and do you have a GS intake?
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My guess is CV joint. Mine has gone to shit and sprays a bit, I sealed it up for the time being until I get a brand new axle.
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looks like a CV Joint boot might have riped check too it maybe ur power steering pump front seal my old 99 9-3 looked like that and it was the P/S front seal
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Does your belt look like this and do you have a GS intake?
yup, looks like that. and nope i dont have the GS intake.

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My guess is CV joint. Mine has gone to shit and sprays a bit, I sealed it up for the time being until I get a brand new axle.
Ill check it over tomorrow. I would of tonight but i had a tornado roll through here! that was freaky shit, all is good tho now. anyways, would i really need to replace the axle? shit sounds expensive and im tight on cash at the moment. couldnt i just replace the boot and or cv joint? I would assume that, that wouldnt be too hard of a project, cheaper also.
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Ok, how about poly engine/trans mounts? Check the clearance between the intake tube and the belt on top of the PS pump.
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yup, looks like that. and nope i dont have the GS intake.



Ill check it over tomorrow. I would of tonight but i had a tornado roll through here! that was freaky shit, all is good tho now. anyways, would i really need to replace the axle? shit sounds expensive and im tight on cash at the moment. couldnt i just replace the boot and or cv joint? I would assume that, that wouldnt be too hard of a project, cheaper also.
Eeuro has boots for 9$. Just make sure you clean all the crap out of it before you put on the new one. You should be fine with just the boot
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