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Old 04-06-2006, 06:43 PM   #1
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Oil Change Question

I have a 2000 9-3...I'm going to attemt to change the oil tomorrow (if I can get the oil drain plug out-seems people have trouble with this...) and I want to know how much oil to buy. I'm going to use Mobil 1 full-synthetic...
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4 quarts on my 9-5. dont see why it would be different on your 9-3, but its in the owners manual

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Old 04-06-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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4 quarts on my 9-5. dont see why it would be different on your 9-3, but its in the owners manual

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o ok...thanks man, didnt even think of looking there..duh
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feel like an idiot for asking this question--what else do i need to do this, that blue saab oil filter? anything else? ive never done this before...
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yea when i changed mine on my 99 9-3 back in dec i think it was 4/5
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Yep...about 4 quarts, plus a little more for the filter. After you're done, run the car for a bit, then shut it off and let the oil drain back into the pan. Wait a few minutes and check it again. You'll probably need to add a touch more.

...and just be careful with the drain plug. Make sure to use a 6-point 13mm socket, not a 12-point, because you don't want to round it off.

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Yep...about 4 quarts, plus a little more for the filter. After you're done, run the car for a bit, then shut it off and let the oil drain back into the pan. Wait a few minutes and check it again. You'll probably need to add a touch more.

...and just be careful with the drain plug. Make sure to use a 6-point 13mm socket, not a 12-point, because you don't want to round it off.

good luck!

thanks mike, appreciate it
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There are several filters that fit....most autoparts stores will have a cross-reference that you can check.
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There are several filters that fit....most autoparts stores will have a cross-reference that you can check.
awesome! thanks again mike
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There are several filters that fit....most autoparts stores will have a cross-reference that you can check.
yea i just got 1 from pep boys thats been working fine.
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definitely dont buy a fram filter. if you dont beleive me, google it. they break down and just plain suck.

personally, i go with the saab filter, its only 6 bucks, and if thats what they recommend, it must do something right. i'd much rather use the saab filter than some generic brand that nobody has ever heard of. and its so cheap that why not. and ive been told that i can run mobil 1 for 12000 miles before changing it....no thanks, ill stick to 3000 if it saves me from sludging issues down the road. cheap insurance that a motor will be lubricated with fresh oil.

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Also you might want to use a new washer on the drain plug when you change the oil. Some people reuse them a few times, but to be safe, you probably want to change it. If you purchase the filter from Saab (7 dollars local), it includes the washer.

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put a new copper washer

use the new Saab filters (black ones!) they are supposed to be way better than the blue ones. anything to help prevent sludge issue down the road is probably worth it.

also I think you are supposed to rub some oil on the filter gasket before putting it on? I think it said to do that in the WIS, you probably know this already.
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You will also want something to catch the oil in. Old laundry detergent bottles are SaabNazi certified for storage and transport to disposal centres.
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Yes, rub a little of the oil on the rubber o-ring/gasket of the new filter. I'm not sure of the exact reason, but I was told to do that the first time I did my own oil when I was 15 years old, and I've been doing it ever since.

Also, never tighten the oil filter on with a wrench - only go as tight as you can BY HAND! This will save you headaches when getting the filter off.

One last tip - be sure the o-ring/gasket of the old filter does not get stuck on the filter housing (just check to see its still on the old filter when you take it off). I've never had it get stuck before - but it CAN happen and you will loose all your oil in a hurry if you start and run it with two filter gaskets!
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You will also want something to catch the oil in. Old laundry detergent bottles are SaabNazi certified for storage and transport to disposal centres.
Damn! Thats a good idea - I have a bunch of those rattling around, and they pour real well....

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how about those big spring water bottles with the handles. that way you are not bringing in oil to the recycle center than has been contaminated with other chemicals.
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