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  1. #1

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    04 Jun 2014
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    9-5 rear Suspension

    Hello all

    I have recently joined Saab World and have owned Saabs from Two Strokes to a 9000 Carlsson and almost every flavour in between, I am a time served Mechanic (not a fitter)

    I wonder if any fellow 9-5 owners have had this problem arise?

    I had a very strange occurrence with the Saab yesterday, I had driven in to Limoges to a Hyper market and then home, a round trip in the region of 100miles.

    I have recently fabricated a stainless steel exhaust and was impressed what a difference it made, so we travelled back from Limoges at a vast number of knots (16 year old SE A 2.3 LPT)

    I turned into the gateway at home then up a slight rise on to the lawn, and there was an almighty crack, damn I thought a broken spring, anyway I continued to turn the car around onto the gravel, when I got out of the car, I couldn’t believe it, the wheel was at 45 degrees negative camber, I jacked the car up and the lower arm had snapped at the rose bush.

    I took the arm off and re-welded and reinforced it and it is now back on the car as good as new, however what surprised me was it was a shear break and not rotten. Very strange, the only conclusion I can come to is that a seized rose bush has caused the problem, I have new ones, its just a job I am not looking forward to.

    Answers on a postcard?

    Thank you

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  2. #2
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    17 Aug 2013
    Corona del Mar, CA
    1999 9-5 SE (LPT), 2004 9-5 Aero
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    Last year, I had my mechanic replace every bushing on the rear suspension of my '99 Saab 9-5 SE, with the exception of the sway bar and the subframe. He did have to reweld the inboard transverse arms (see photo). Perhaps this was similar to your failure mode?Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1402895690.714634.jpg
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  3. #3

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    04 Jun 2014
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    Hi Dan
    Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been in the UK.

    The pictures of your rear suspension, surprised me, As I didn’t think they would be loaded as much as the outer link, which is where mine broke.

    I hope you were alright and didn’t do a lot of damage, that could be quite nasty.

    Unfortunately I cannot take images of my repaired damage as it is obscured by the bottom link, I have renewed the top and bottom links now, it looks as though I am going to have renew the inner links as well ( at the moment they have liberal coating of Copaslip)

    Thank you for having the decency to reply.

    Kindest regards


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