1997 SAAB 900 • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 200,000 miles

Changing a timing belt on a 1997 saab 900se 2.5 v-6
Rich hartwell
July 2, 2011.

CAUTION: This application is an interference engine. Do not rotate camshaft or crankshaft when timing belt is removed, or engine damage may occur.

Move power steering reservoir out of the way, and remove right side engine-to-frame torque arm. Remove the power steering line clamp from the torque arm engine mount. Remove torque arm engine mount.
Relieve tension on serpentine belt and remove serpentine belt. Remove the water pump pulley. Remove upper part of alternator air intake. Remove the serpentine belt tensioner.
Remove the power steering pump with lines attached, and move out of way. Remove the timing belt cover. Remove the 6 outer bolts from the crankshaft pulley, NOT the center bolt.
Turn crankshaft so No. 1 cylinder is at TDC of compression stroke. Ensure marks on camshaft sprockets and timing cover align. See Fig. 1. Install Belt Holder (KM-800-1 and KM-800-2) to hold camshaft sprockets in place. See Fig. 2.
If belt is to be reused, mark belt with direction of rotation. Remove timing belt from engine.

Jul 2, 2011.