Andrew Peterson <adpete@...
2006-04-01 22:43:06 GMT
Josh ChaitinPollak wrote:
> Here's a silly question. The factory manual says to lubricate the car
> every 6000 miles, or twice a year. I've never done it, so I figure I
> better start. But I don't know where to begin. What do I need to get
> started? A grease gun and grease I assume. Are there different kinds
> of grease guns, or are they all the same? "Saab Special Grease" is
> NLA I assume, so what do I use instead?
I have always used a grease with moly in it. If it's earlier than
about 1970, and original, you should have grease fittings on all four
ball joints, both tie-rod ends, and one on the steering rack. Follow
the manual's directions for greasing the rack.
CLEAN THE FITTINGS BEFORE GREASING! Many people don't do this, and
they get dirt from the outside of the fitting into the joint. The dirt
grinding away inside is what kills the joint.
By greasing it regularly, you should be able to keep the joints from
wearing out for a long time.
Also, pay attention to the manual's service intervals on the
transmission. Because they have ball bearings, instead of rollers as
used in later gearboxes, the 95/96/Sonett transmissions are more
susceptible to bearing damage from debris, and clean gear oil is
_very_ important to the life of the transmission.
Andy in PDX OR