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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:58 pm 
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On the 4 cyl cars, ticking can be caused by an exhaust manifold leak.

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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:10 pm 
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100% that is the evap purge valve as Damo says. About £50 to buy. Get a Bosch one if you can. AC Delco is OK but should be less than £40.
Will take about 40 minutes to replace.
Engine cover off, ecu loom lifted, pressure sensor and bracket lifted and you can see the valve there. Couple of vac connections and electrical plug IIRC.
Be careful of the vacuum lines as they will be brittle if original.

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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:50 pm 
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Ok thanks.

I will add that to the list then.

Major ish service done but I didn’t get the spark plugs changed. LFR7AIX spark plugs have been on back order for a while. I emailed around a few places and they said they had been struggling to get them. They are in stock now but I already had the car serviced prior to MOT that needed doing.

Any way they are on order, I will get this added as well. I guess if taking stuff off for the back plugs may as well change that as well.

Saving some money for a clutch change, I messaged you on insta about your hybrid clutch Quadcam, thanks for the tips. Then down to Aura for a little tune up.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:47 pm 
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Aiminghigh123 wrote:
I guess if taking stuff off for the back plugs may as well change that as well.[/quote

Yep absolutely. But watch those vacuum lines.

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Saving some money for a clutch change, I messaged you on insta about your hybrid clutch Quadcam, thanks for the tips. Then down to Aura for a little tune up.


Glad I could help. Yep the clutch is solid and grabs well. Can't fault it. Holds the power nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:03 pm 
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Aiminghigh123 wrote:
Is it a problem if it ticks?

Took the car for a good run today.

Cold start it’s nice and quiet, once the needle gets to the middle it then starts to tick.
I drove around for 15 mins then did 4-5 hard pulls in 2nd gear up to the red line and drove around 5 miles in 2nd gear around 4500-5000rpm. I have been doing loads of short runs the last month so wondered if a lifter was a bit blocked.

Got home and it made no difference still the same ticking.


Is that a good idea?
5 miles at 5k revs in second, I wouldn't do that.

I owned a few C20XE and C20LET engines that suffered from sticky lifters.
Have used Wynns hydraulic lifter treatment in the past.

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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:16 am 
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I don’t think it would do any damage. If I were to take it to a track it’s probably the rev range I would be in most of the time.

I haven’t changed it yet but it seems to be the evap purge valve. I did more reading and investigation and the engine is smooth and quiet until it hits a certain temperature then the ticking starts straight away no gradual build up.

I have also noticed with a full tank it sometimes struggles to start. Had 3 occasions when it fired initially then suddenly died after 1 second. All 3 times engine has been hot and with a full tank.

Other than that she’s been running great. I haven’t had to commute at all until 2 weeks ago, been between London and High Wycombe getting to exercise its lungs on the M40. Tried to do some eco driving, nice and steady at 60 but when you get some 20 plate 320d black out windows right on your backside through a set of roadworks for no reason the temptation to show them up is too great. Ha ha
The best one was a mk7 GTI thinking he owned the road, he didn’t like an old estate out dragging him.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:16 am 
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Finally the LFR7AIX came. £54.95 for 6 from eBay.

Next stop clutch. Might have to wait until Jan for that.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:44 pm 
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Ok everyone.

I was checking all the fluid levels the other day and tried to check the coolant.

I took the cap off to be greeted with this. Is it meant to be like this?


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:36 pm 
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Looks like the cap has broken and separated. Might be able to still twist it with some pliers but probably easier to order a new tank (with hoses) and cap. The hoses look like they are bulging anyway so probably getting close to needing to be changed.

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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:23 pm 
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Ok thanks for that.

I was planning on getting fluids changed anyway, coolant brake etc.

I see NEO do a tank. Any particular hoses?


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 V6 manual
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:16 am 
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I got this one

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-SAAB ... 2749.l2649

Offered them less and they took it

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