Question about Saab 9
From what is said, it makes sense that the tensioner could have failed causing all these problems. However on most vehicles I see, 9-3 and 9-5 models it is usually the belt idler pulley which fails the most. because these pulleys are so important, fail so often, and cause this much damage I include a serpentine belt, idler pulley and tensioner pulley with the 60k major service. Any new clients always get the question to see if they had been replaced in the last 60k. The pulleys are about $55 each, and the belt the same. Very cheap when you look at what kind of damage can be caused if they fail!
At the dealer, there is not any specific service internal of the belt pulleys. They usually just let them go and then wait to have you come crying back with a $2k repair bill! The pulleys can be checked if removed and shaken to see if you can hear the bearings inside them. 9/10 are always bad.
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
Check or ask for itemised invoice .
If says check belts etc...go from there?
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