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Old 01-20-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
 
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everybody check your mounts and bushings!

This is a message to the other 9-5 owners out there who might be in the same boat that I was.

I bought a >100k 9-5 out in arizona a few years ago with very little issues, however Over the past few years, the clunks, rattles and vibrations have really made themselves known.

It turns out that Arizona heat and old age REALLY can take a toll on your rubber suspension components and mounts/ bushings. I've literally replaced almost all of them and you should too if you want to get the most out of your car!

manual tranny torque arm bushing - HUGE improvement in shift quality, also noticed less engine rocking during deceleration. Mine was crumbling apart. DIY ~30 min


Subframe Bushings - Motor and car feel much more solid, connected, and cracks in the road are less obvious. some of mine were shot and I had no idea! Requires manipulation of the subframe which can be a daunting task so I had my indie do it.



Transmission mount - Replaced at same time as torque arm bushing so it's hard to say how much it improved things but the stock one was cracked so I'm sure it helped. This is right under the batter and easy to get to. DIY~45 min.


Control arm bushings front and rear - Once again, mine were shot. the hydraulic fluid leaked out and they were rattling around doing a poor job. My indie replaced all of them with poly bushings as I don't have a shop press or the time to do it myself. My car has more grip, and is like a freight train on the highway just like it should be! Before it was squirrelly and insecure. I don't recommend doing this yourself unless you're a seasoned DIYer and have a second vehicle.


Top right motor mount - This is called a vibration damper and if it's as destroyed as mine was, it should be called a swedish vibrator. rough idle is cured, shifts are more precise and solid, gets into gear easier, reverse uphill is a breeze now! HUGE overall improvement! DIY ~45 min
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Rear motor mount - This is the only mount i haven't replaced yet but I expect great things when i do!


In conclusion, I've noticed that every time I replace one of these weathered rubber parts my car feels much more like new! I can't wait to restore my car to 100% because it's going to be better than when it came from the factory. Coming from a 9000 with over 200k I thought that all SAABS were destined to be clunky and loose....not anymore. I'm really starting to appreciate the chassis once and for all. I recommend anyone with a 9-5 over 100k to look into replacing all of the above mounts and bushings to avoid future problems and so you can also enjoy your car like me.

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
 
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Have you enlarged the oil pump pickup screen?

I'd do that first before spending dough on suspension mods.
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I don't need to. My car has had synthetic every 3000 miles since new and I had the oil pan dropped right before I bought it. 100% clear pickup screen.

Also, nothing I mentioned is a modification, I'm just replacing worn out parts.
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I don't need to. My car has had synthetic every 3000 miles since new and I had the oil pan dropped right before I bought it. 100% clear pickup screen.

Also, nothing I mentioned is a modification, I'm just replacing worn out parts.
Awesome.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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So where do I buy these parts? Genuine Saab has most of them but it seems they are for the 9-3.
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genuine saab and ebay
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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so stop me if im wrong but replacing parts with materials that were not on your original car is a mod , so switching from rubber to poly would be considered a mod , either way i did it on my 900 and i see no reason why anybody on here shouldnt do the same , or has already done it like a billion years ago , so thanks
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:43 PM   #8
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What did all of this cost you including labor for the parts you didn't do? My 9-5 is starting to get clunky/rattly especially in the rear at 90k....Also, I notice when I come out of a tight turn (usually taken too quickly) the tranny clunks when I put my foot down again, I assume this is due to slack in the mounts.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:58 AM   #9
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GS only stocks them for the 93 now. Looks like Europarts has a lot of them and thesaabsite also has alot of them. I wish I knew which ones to get. I'll figure it out.

JRod you might want to check the tranny mount from GS. Its about 35 usd and only a few minutes to install. I am going to do it. People say its a great difference in shifting.
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I was already planning the tranny mount from GS, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Hoping it helps out, its starting to get annoying. lol
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:02 AM   #11
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Bought that tranny mount, the blue one, from GS. Shipped this morning. Got loads of other stuff, like bushings, from eeuroparts and thesaabsite. Will be a fun few months installing all this stuff. Local AutoZone has a bearing puller that should help with the bushings if my bushing kit I bought from ebay isnt big enough. Also going with sway bar end links, tie rod ends and ball joints. All will be accessible during the bushing replacements so since they are so cheap and I have 151k on the car its probably a good idea.
The front bushings look relatively easy. If they are to much of a pain I might have the local dude do the rears as they actually look hard to do. Im worried about snapping bolts and messing up brake lines.
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Thread revival! Anyone have part #'s for all the rear 9-5 bushings?
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which? rear suspension?
It's easier to just go to eeuroparts and go through the diagram.
There's 4 rose bushings, the two forward busings in the control arm, and the subframe busings (I forget how many, but I'd guess 4)
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I know there hasn't been a ton of responses on this thread but STICKY ? Judging from the other stickys we have this should be worthy.

Also surprised to see no one else chiming in on rear mount replacements, is this uncommon ? From what i hear its a fairly common failure on 150+k cars.

Lastly on 99 9-5s ONLY there is an extra rear motor/trans mount that i just became aware of.
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Powerflex has come out with both sides to the trans mount I think.

Also I am coming up on 100k and will be picking up some poly for both ends shortly.
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