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Forum: L-Series Tech 06-12-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By born again
Re: subframes,

I should have read your post better. AT to MT conversion on these cars would only be attempted by a masochist. As Pierrot stated, there are many things that would require changing. The MT has a...
Forum: L-Series Tech 06-12-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By born again
Re: subframes,

I have BTDT (Been There Done That). MT subframes are only available from wreckers (car-part.com). I have done both MT and AT frames on different cars, and can tell you that the only difference is a...
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-29-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 300
Posted By born again
Re: coilovers

The rear suspension of the L-Series is common with the 99-2009 Saab 9-5.
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-29-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,845
Posted By born again
Re: Dim Headlights

For the record, the original Bosch headlight lenses on my '00 LS1 have never been polished and are still crystal clear. The car has spent most of its life outside in direct sun. I think this is...
Forum: L-Series General 05-20-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By born again
Re: 2001 L300 rear driver strut

My experience is that these bottom strut bolts are difficult to engage in the threaded hole in the cast suspension arm. The threads are fine, which are easy to cross thread. The key is to have the...
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-09-2018, 05:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
Posted By born again
Re: trying to find this part

The manual subframes are rarer and harder to find. There is only one difference between the manual and the automatic version. There is a horn or prong on the rear cross member for mounting the...
Forum: L-Series Tech 05-06-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By born again
Re: replacing front sub frame ?

As the splash shield contributes to the corrosion that condemns the subframe I recommend that you discard it. So the difference between round and square holes isn't an issue. The important thing is...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-08-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,481
Posted By born again
Re: 2001 L300 power brake booster and locked brakes

I had a similar experience to the OP with my old Saab 9-5. The shop replaced the booster with a rebuilt unit, which tended to hang the brakes on. In my case, hooking my toe under the pedal and...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-08-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 913
Posted By born again
Re: 2001 Lw300 V6 L3.0 Air box cutout for new evaporator

@Igranda - Most mechanics identify fasteners by the tool required to turn them, for example, a 5mm bolt has an 8mm hex head, and would be called an 8mm bolt. People who make things tend to use the...
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-08-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 913
Posted By born again
Re: 2001 Lw300 V6 L3.0 Air box cutout for new evaporator

I am looking forward to seeing your pictures. I may be trying this repair if I get motivated.
Forum: L-Series Tech 04-07-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 913
Posted By born again
Re: 2001 Lw300 V6 L3.0 Air box cutout for new evaporator

This is interesting that people think it is unlikely to be the evaporator. I was in the car when mine "let loose" some time ago. It sounded like sticking a knife into the sidewall of a tire and...
Forum: L-Series Tech 01-07-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By born again
Re: No horn sound - suggestions of how to troubleshoot?

My first reaction was to see where you live. When the horn is located inside the fender it is very common to have it encased in ice in the winter in cold places. This silences it. But I don't think...
Forum: L-Series Tech 12-31-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 381
Posted By born again
Re: 2003 Saturn L200 Fans not shutting off constantly running in cold temperatures

I have changed the thermostat on my 2.2. I didn't find the t'stat cover bolts hard to get to. I left the cap on the coolant overflow tank, and only a small amount of coolant came out with the stat...
Forum: L-Series Tech 12-31-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By born again
Re: Jugging When Cold, Rough Start & Rich Idle ?

Also check the IAC (Idle Air Control) valve on the throttle body and look for vacuum leaks/cracked hoses. Clogged fuel injectors can do this too, ironically. The O2 sensor detects excess air, so...
Forum: L-Series Tech 12-31-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By born again
Re: 05 L300 Interior Door Panel Broken/Loose

There are also some Torx head screws along the bottom edge, if I remember properly. One thing, the rigid strip at the top that fits over the metal edge tends to work loose over time. I have a 2-1/2"...
Forum: L-Series Tech 12-03-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By born again
Re: 2003 L200 battery runs down

I have had this problem a couple of times with different cars. First, the alternator must put out more than 13.5 volts with the engine running to keep the battery up to full charge. If the battery...
Forum: L-Series General 11-15-2017, 10:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By born again
Re: A/C Question

Between the dodgy switch and the skimpy wiring, this is why I installed a separate relay for my low beam headlights. I used #10 wire straight off the positive terminal on the fuse box with an in-line...
Forum: L-Series General 11-13-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By born again
Re: Replacing alloy wheels leaking like a sieve. Alternate compatible size?

I have the 16" wheels off my '99 Saab 9-5 (departed) on my '00 LS1. These fit perfectly. The steering knuckles, wheel hubs, brake discs and calipers are identical between the two models. The rear...
Forum: L-Series Tech 10-26-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By born again
Re: How does the Steering wheel come off?

Releasing the spring clips that hold the airbag is very difficult. A flat blade screwdriver of a very specific length is required. The last time I did this I just cut the plastic cover on the back of...
Forum: L-Series Tech 10-02-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 571
Posted By born again
Re: 2003 L200 Rear Brakes

Aluminum and steel do not play well together in the presence of chloride solution (AKA salt). The resulting corrosion is stronger than crazy glue. If anything, GM and other carmakers have increased...
Forum: L-Series Tech 08-21-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By born again
Re: 2003 Saturn LW 200 Fuel Pump Replacement

Congrats on a resourceful fix. If you had a better fix on the pump location, you wouldn't have to cut out as much metal. There is a circular recess in the bottom of the tank that is directly under...
Forum: L-Series Tech 08-21-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By born again
Re: P0442 Evap System Small leak

If it is just the smaller steel pipe that is rusted through, you may be able to fix it by cutting out the rusted part and replacing it with rubber hose.
Forum: L-Series Tech 08-21-2017, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By born again
Re: P0442 Evap System Small leak

X3 on the filler neck pipe. Pierrot is in California, and won't have experienced this problem. Mine was purchased used from Florida, but came with a bad purge valve, so I used the old valve.
Forum: L-Series General 08-03-2017, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 423
Posted By born again
Re: Rear Disc Brake Line

In some cases the best approach is to search for Vauxhaul Vectra B parts in the UK or Ireland. I found the rearmost handbrake cables for the drum brakes this way. They were cheap and fast. But I...
Forum: L-Series Tech 07-30-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By born again
Re: L200 Catcon

Just a reminder that the exhaust section with the cat for the automatic transmission and manual transmission are distinctly different parts due to the routing of the exhaust and the location of the...
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