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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:20 am 
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Finally got round to fixing distributor oil leak - front of the engine and heat shield a real mess! - changed external O ring only and seems to be OK. Managed to source correctly sized part no.111905261 from justkampers tel 01256 976195.Parts dept at local Audi/VW dealer helpfully suggested them as part no longer available. Timing marks on flywheel virtually unreadable was the only issue!

Anybody fitted daytime running lights - as most cars seem to have them now .Would rather not use headlights. There is a connector unused in both wings with a white and black feed - could that be used?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:48 am 
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I'm not 100% sure but I think that all you need to do is fit a fuse in position 4 in the fuse box.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:25 pm 
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thedoc wrote:
Anybody fitted daytime running lights - as most cars seem to have them now .Would rather not use headlights. There is a connector unused in both wings with a white and black feed - could that be used?

Saabs have all had day-running lights fitted from at least the days of the 99 up to the 9000. Probably later models too but I'm not sure.
On the 99 and 90, there were 21/5W bulbs in the front corner lamps (like the ones in the stop/tail lamps). Sidelights were the 5W filaments and day-running lights were the 21W filaments. On the 9000 the day-running lamps are the headlamps. I'm not sure on the later C900 but I expect that uses the headlamps too. As Andy says, it is a matter of fitting the DRL fuse in the fuse-box. According to the 1993 handbook it is fuse 4. The 1989 handbook describes the function of that fuse as "Dim/dip lights". The 1993 handbook calls them "Day driving lights".

If you prefer not to use the headlamps then I would try to install something in the front corner lamps. Separate lamps would look awful, as would (probably) LEDs. My own opinion, of course.

I haven't checked but the unused connector you refer to is probably for the reversing lamps fitted on the front of US models. See here:
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 pm 
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Even V4s had them, I think from MY77 onward. I would always disable them, and discourage anyone to fit DRLs to cars that don't already have them. I'm a firm advocate of stopping the lights arms race that comes at the expense of the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, who are naturally less visible than cars and lorries anyway.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:34 pm 
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P.S. We keep the distributor O-rings in stock. :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:43 pm 
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I'm a firm advocate of stopping the lights arms race that comes at the expense of the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, who are naturally less visible than cars and lorries anyway.

+1 Drives me nuts.... :wall:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:59 am 
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An update - Unfortunately a small dribble of oil from distributor cap. Is there an inner oil seal and can it be readily replaced?

Position 4 not usable - no wiring. The 2 white feeds combine to a blue/white which bipasses the fuse box, this I isolated and connected it to a fused live feed. Obtained 2 soft white 20 watt LEDs and now have Daytime running lights in place of the sidelights which I can easily swap back if the MOT guys don't like it.

Next job oil leak at flywheel end of engine.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:57 pm 
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thedoc wrote:
An update - Unfortunately a small dribble of oil from distributor cap. Is there an inner oil seal and can it be readily replaced?

Position 4 not usable - no wiring. The 2 white feeds combine to a blue/white which bipasses the fuse box, this I isolated and connected it to a fused live feed. Obtained 2 soft white 20 watt LEDs and now have Daytime running lights in place of the sidelights which I can easily swap back if the MOT guys don't like it.

Next job oil leak at flywheel end of engine.


There are a couple of O rings inside the distributor, it's quite involved to take it apart without damage.
I'm not sure where you can buy the O rings. I need to do mine, it leaks a bit.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:54 pm 
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There is a small oil seal inside the distributor. Not an O-ring but the same style as e.g. the crank pulley oil seal, only much smaller. We can supply one if you need it. PM me.
It is the usual cause of oil leakage into the distributor cap but as Webby said, it requires pretty much stripping the distributor completely. It's quite feasible to do it, though.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:37 am 
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Thanks Bill,

I’ve been looking for those seals for a while !
I’ll pm you soon.
There’s a good how to replace the seal here http://www.saabce.com/Tech/Distributor_Rebuild.html


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 12:07 pm 
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In stock and on our web-site now:
https://www.saabits.com/all/saab-900-99 ... h=185_186&

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 11:56 pm 
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Thanks Bill,

I've just ordered 2, an extra just in case I co*k it up :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 12:05 am 
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:D Thank you!

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 12:16 pm 
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Fitted the distributer oil seal yesterday, thanks Bill, the oil seal fitted a treat :)

It was fairly straightforward but I still managed to fit the camshaft drive gear 180° out on the first attempt :wall:

Just one word of advise, the fibre washers will probably have hardened and will fall apart when you try to remove them so have some replacements or some thin gasket paper to hand to make new ones.


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 6:18 am 
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Webby wrote:
the oil seal fitted a treat :)

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