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    Saab 9-3 oil change instructions: 2.0t, 2.0T engine

    See below for instructions with pictures

    Can also be found at (detailed version): http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2363586/3

    (short version): http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2363586/10
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    Oil change instructions

    Saab 9-3 oil change instructions

    Changing oil in a 9-3 is easy but here are some tips and a list of needed tools to make the first time go smoothly. These instructions are for the 2.0 turbo engine (1.8t, 2.0t, 2.0T).

    Tools needed
    1. socket wrench handle
    2. 15 mm socket wrench
    3. 32 mm socket wrench (need to purchase separately, not found in most socket wrench sets, try to select one that is no more 1.5" or 4 cm tall)
    4. 6-9" extension for 32 mm socket wrench head
    5. T-30 Torx screwdriver (may be in tool kit above spare tire)
    6. pan to collect used oil
    7. if changing oil outside instead of a garage, I recommend at least 6 paperweights (such as a tool) to prevent newspapers from blowing away.
    8. ramps for some cars (I did not need ramps until the car had a sub-frame brace added and then the ramps that I need only lift the car about 1 inch or 3 cm)

    Parts
    1. oil filter (Saab 93175493 or 12605566, 2003-2004 model years may also use 24460713)
    2. gasket drain plug (Saab 3536966, can be re-used a few times)
    3. sealing ring (oil filter cap gasket) (Saab 90537437, can be re-used a few times)
    4. 5.9 quarts of synthetic motor oil meeting GM-LL-A-025 (capacity is 6.3 quarts or 6 litres but not all the oil drains out)

    Disposables
    1. newspaper (I recommend at least 4 sections)
    2. disposable gloves (possibly 2-3 pairs)
    3. paper towels or paper napkins
    4. plastic bags (optional, possibly 2), plastic bag or hat
    5. large garbage bag (optional, can be used to protect the ground from spills)

    Instructions
    1. Hot oil drains faster and more thoroughly. I found that the engine is not too hot to touch if I drive 2-3 miles and wait 2 hours.

    2. Ramps are not needed, at least for a Linear or 2.0T. I am not certain about an Aero. Originally, I did not need ramps but after installing a Taliaferro Imports, Inc. 3-point sub-frame brace (genuinesaab.com), my oil collection pan is too tall to fit under the brace. I constructed a ramp by nailing two boards, which raises the car about 1” (3 cm). Usually, I use newspaper to catch oil, should a few drops spill. One can use one or two large plastic garbage bags which have been cut open to fully line the ground or floor, held down by tape or paperweights.

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    3. In the past, I turned the wheels to the right (orientation when sitting in the driver’s seat) to allow better access to the oil plug but I don’t do this anymore.

    4. Open the hood! If you are unlucky and the hood release malfunctions, you do not want to have drained the oil but cannot refill it. Then put the drain pan under the oil plug. Oil will shoot out about 6 inches (15 cm) rearward.

    5. The best position to lie down is in the same orientation as the map with your feet facing the same direction as the front of the car.

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    Consider either wearing a hat or placing a plastic bag on the ground so that your hair doesn't touch the ground.

    6. The oil plug is removed with a 15mm socket wrench (the standard counter clockwise off, clockwise to screw on). There is a rubber gasket which can probably be re-used. I put some newspaper under the oil collection pan to insure that no oil drips on the driveway. After the oil drains, put back the oil plug to slightly more than finger tight (18 ft. lbs. of torque or 25 Nm). Extreme tightening makes it hard to unscrew the next time as well as potentially cracks the oil pan. I let the oil drain as long as an hour. You can change the oil filter during this time as well as put away tools. Oil plug is to the right in the top picture and to the left (oil plug removed and some oil dripping is seen).

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    7. Remove black plastic engine cover (says SAAB turbo) by unscrewing the 3 Torx screws to gain access to the oil filter. The factory WIS service manual recommends removing the atmospheric pressure sensors and manifold absolute pressure sensor connections and moving the cables. However, I do not have any access problems if I don't disconnect these wires. The oil filter cover can be removed using a 32 mm socket (Sears, $6.99) and an extension (Sears, approx. 6.99-7.99). My 32 mm socket is tall so I must first loosen the cover, remove the socket, then finish unscrewing by hand. This picture shows a wrench pointing to the oil filter cover.

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    You may replace the oil filter cover gasket if desired. The oil filter is removed by pulling while twisting it. The oil filter cover is supposed to be tightened to 18 ft.lbs. or 25 Nm, which is slightly more than finger tight, perhaps ¼ turn more than finger tight. Re-install the black plastic engine cover after changing the oil filter. In the 9-3, if you pour oil into the oil filter compartment, it drains away so I think it is unnecessary to pour oil here.

    8. Refill the car with oil. I found that about 5.8 to 6 quarts is needed, depending on how thorough you drain the oil. Adding a full 6.3 quarts (6.0 litres) will result in slightly overfilling the car. Check the oil level dipstick and check the car for leaks while the engine is on. I let the oil drip for about one hour.

    Commentary about oil filters and oil
    The SAAB oil filter:
    Hengst E630H Energetic (made in Germany, part number 12 579 143): type installed at the factory

    Purflux L264A (made in France, part number 24460713): this filter only for the 2003-2004 model. The correct Saab filter (part number 93175493) has straight pleats, not zigzaged pleats and is designated for all 2.0 litre SAAB 9-3 models and says Hengst E630H. The reported difference is the bypass valve is not activated until 100 psi compared to 80 for the old design. The old design is meant to fit with the old oil filter cap so those with 2003-2004 model cars might consider changing the plastic oil filter cap to fit the new filter. Around 2008, part number 93175493 was superceded by 12605566.

    AC Delco PF457G: used to be sold by Saturn dealers (before the brand was discontinued) for about $2 less than Saab dealer's 93175493/Hengst E630H. The two filter look the same in the pictures that I have seen on the internet.

    Saab requires synthetic motor oil that meets the GM-LL-A-025 specifications. In Europe, there are quite a few motor oils that meet this specification. In the US, there are only two or three that are easily available, namely Mobil 1 0W-40, Castrol Syntec 0W-30 European Formula and Total Quartz Energy 9000 0W-30. Elf Excellium Full Tech 0W30 has been renamed as Total brand and Saab Long Life 0W30is no longer available. If specified oil is not available, Saab recommends using an ACEA A3/B3 oil. Incidentally, Mobil 1 in the 0W-30 weight in the U.S. reportedly does not meet the GM-LL-A-025 specification and is not an ACEA A3/B3 oil.

    Summary
    In short, consider the orientation to lie down to access the oil plug. Open the hood before you begin work to make sure that the hood is not stuck shut. Make sure that you have the proper tools, including the 32 mm socket wrench and an extension. Dispose of the oil in a responsible manner, such as returning it to an auto parts store or gas station (www.earth911.org is one website that lists places that accept used oil).

    V6
    In the V6 engine, the oil filter is accessed from the bottom of the car. The oil filter cover looks similar to the 2.0 turbo engine, except upside down. It has been reported that the oil filter cover can be removed with a 24 mm socket, not a 32 mm socket like in the 2.0 engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsmith View Post
    What will happen if i place an incorrect engine oil? For sure it will make my mileage bad right? what will happen to the engine?
    Mobil 1 0W-40 is the correct oil that is easily found in the U.S. It is currently on sale for $29.95 for 5 quarts and an oil filter at Autozone (until around August 24 or is it the 22nd?). There are also other correct harder to find oils (Castrol Syntec 0W-30 European Formulua, Total Quartz Energy 9000, etc.). In some European countries, there are many correct oils sold.
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    Man we get screwed in Australia .. Mobil 1 is ~ $80 for 5 litres (around 5 quarts)
    Castrol is a little better, ~$50.

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    I have tall and medium height 32 mm sockets and neither one will connect with the filter cap. A short socket is the only one that work on my 2010 9-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickerin View Post
    I have tall and medium height 32 mm sockets and neither one will connect with the filter cap. A short socket is the only one that work on my 2010 9-3.

    I bought the socket made especially for the oil filter at Pep Boys. Cost me about 9 bucks if memory serves me right.
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    Instructions are great. But, how due you reset the "service data" on a 2004 93

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    To reset the SID, push the "customize" button then scroll the menu to "System Settings", which is the 2nd choice. Push the SID knob to select it. Then scroll to "Service Indicator" (2nd to last choice, "back" is the last choice), push the SID knob to select it. It will then show the oil life remaining, such as "53%, 283 days". If it is less than 10%, there will be a choice to reset it. If it is not less than 10% then you cannot reset it unless you fool it by advancing the date ahead.

    I change the oil at 50% and 0% so I only reset it at 0%.

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    first off...thanks alot for this helped me out alot. Ive had my Saab for about 4-5 months and imma do my first oil change in a few hours =) but what type of wheels are those? Are those the stock rims for that year Saab??? I really want to get those....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NismoSaab View Post
    Ive had my Saab for about 4-5 months and imma do my first oil change in a few hours =) but what type of wheels are those? Are those the stock rims for that year Saab??? I really want to get those....
    I know Elgin. These wheels are aftermarket ASA wheels, model JH8, 17" x 7.5", offset 40 mm. That size and offset is perfect for the 9-3 and also doesn't require any type of spacer, centering ring, or different wheel bolts. Unfortunately, the wheel might be hard to find. I tried to buy a 5th wheel for use as a full sized spare tire but couldn't find a source. I use my 16" stock wheels for snow tires.

 

 
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