Service at WMSS

Saab has its pre-Ring service today at West Midland Saab Specialists

Just under 2 months to go, so I wanted to have an early check as to whether there were any issues.

It has an MOT due not long before the trip, so that will do as a later trip.

Drive up was ok, they are about 1 1/4 hours from my house.

Left them with a long list of things to check and headed into the centre of Birmingham to meet a friend.

Usual sort of stuff, oil and filter (I provided my own 5W40 fully synthetic stuff I buy in France).

Brake check and new fluid – lots of pad left at the back – about 1/2 on the front so that should be ok.

New plugs

Check all hoses, checked gearbox oil level which was fine so that drip must have either stopped or be very very slow.

Suspension all checked and all fine.

Since the car had been behaving since the one incident with a check-engine light and a fast idle nothing was done on that front, shall have to keep an eye on it…

The central locking motor was a cheaper change than I had expected.

Rear drivers side door had stayed locked for a while, so I was having to unlock it by hand when I needed that door open.

Apparently Saab motors cost about £90 new, and £40 second hand. However advice on Saabscene said the motors sold by Maplin were a straight swap.

Here I could buy an individual motor for £9, or a set or 4 for £22

I bought the set of 4. I believe the motors with 2 wires are for the rear doors, and 5 wires for the front door.

WMSS used a 2 wire motor, and I believe it was a straight swap with no issues.

That door now has the fastest moving lock…

So my advice is to go for these if you have issues with central locking motors on your 9000.

Pic shows original Saab motor (top) and Maplin motor (below)

Saab 9000 Central locking motors

Only spent £135 on the car, it’s good when not too much needs doing 🙂

Am now contemplating a car cover since the car isn’t covering many miles but sitting on the driveway gets suprisingly dirty in not very long.

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