SAAB 8v Starter: Not for the faint of heart

I’ve been enjoying the new SAAB a bit for the last couple of weeks but the slow-turning starter was beginning to scare me a bit so I grabbed one from a popular parts site ($89) and set to work. I’m glad I did my research beforehand though because the job is a bit tricky. I can see why they moved it from under the exhaust manifold over to the other side under the intake. One document that was initially super-helpful but a little scary is this:  http://www.thesaabsite.com/faqfiles/Starter-Replacement-8-Valve.1303.1.pdf

Two differences I found are that there wasn’t really a need to remove the plastic clutch cover (there are adequate access holes for the hex bolts) and that it was actually much easier to remove the turbo oil return line by its rear connection than by its front.

Really ugly up there

Really ugly up there

So anticipating a struggle I decided to take my time and clean things up a bit including any grounds I came across, including the main negative battery connection at the front of the transmission, which was quite crusty.

Very tight back there

Very tight back there

Shot of front of turbo oil return line

Front of turbo oil return line. One bolt inaccessible.

Key: only remove rear return hose connection

Key: only remove rear return hose connection

Per advice on one forum or another I used a long chisel to loosen the 36mm nut holding the turbo oil return line to the block connection. Tap tap tap…”Ryan, can you please get me a bigger hammer?” This gave just enough room for the starter to slide back and out.

My new friend Mr. Cold Chisel

My new friend Mr. Cold Chisel

The two bolts holding the front of the starter came right out. The nut on the top was a little tricky but when re-installing I set the nut in to a box-end wrench with a bit of paper towel and was able to thread the bolt in without losing it.

Nice Bosch Premium rebuild

Nice Bosch Premium rebuild

Now w' repainted heat shield. Eastwood Manifold Gray- good stuff

Now w’ repainted heat shield. Eastwood Manifold Gray- good stuff

Note the rear bracket in the above photo. I tried to remove it from the old starter while still in the car but the top small nut jammed up, drawing the stud out. It turns out that the starter comes out just fine with the bracket in place. Just remove the bolts holding it to the block. On installation I found bolting the tail-end of the starter loosely to the block helped with getting the top front bolt in.

Much better looking up there now

Much better looking up there

I made sure all connections were nice and clean and tight. In retrospect it really wasn’t that bad of a job. Just a bit nerve-wracking not knowing whether the big 36mm nut would come out or not. The thing turns over like a champ now!

 

 

 

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  1. December 2nd, 2013
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