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Shot timing belt on 95 900 SE Saab


What should we expect in terms of repairs and cost after the timing chain went on our 95 900 SE?. The car stopped running and had to be towed. What is the zero impact effect on the engine? Are the heads shot too?

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  • bpoint1 Jan 06, 2009

    Thank you for your fast reply. This is exactly what the first mechanic told us. I have another who might be just trying to get the work and run up the bill. 

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You may just as well find a good used engine. It is most likely a V-6 which have zero clearance when the belt breaks. It'll surely bend valves, damage pistons, and perhaps throw a rod depending how fast you were traveling when the break occured. The timing belts are only good for between 50-60K and should be changed at those intervals. You can find a decent used engine for around
$ 1,300.00 and make sure to have your mechanic install a new timing belt, head gasket and intake gaskets. You can find a mechanic versed in saabs to install it for around $800.00 with a few additonal costs for parts, but easily get it done for $ 2,300.00-$2,500.00. I got mine done for
$ 1750.00. Bought the car with your same problem and had it fixed.

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Your post mentions a belt in the title and then a chain in the text. If V-6, it is a belt, if 2.0 turbo, it is a chain. In either case, these are interference engines, meaning that the pistons will make contact with any valves stuck in the open position. Accordingly, there is head work involved when the timing is catastrophically interrupted. A very good repair will involve taking the engine out to remove the cover so that new guides can be installed for the chain and also the head will have to be pulled and some valves replaced. If damage to piston crowns occured, you may need one or two of these. Some shops have figured out how to weasel the engine around to remove the cover without full engine removal, saving some time. I do not think you can get out of this for under $3,000.00, unless you find a cheap used engine and do a simple swap. Even then, it will be close.

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