Smoke, loss of power
Towed home, put on jack stands to assess the damage.
Borrowed from a good friend. The most un-Saab car you can imagine.
Tilt and pull
Removing the engine throught the top, did not want to mess with the subframe.
Used a load leveller to tilt the engine and pull it with the gearbox attached.
The whole thing was surprisingly easy. Once the engine is out of the car,
the gearbox can be easily removed and a stand bolted on.
First sign of trouble
This hole in the block does not look good.
Melted spark plug
The spark plug #2 melted completely.
Where is the piston?
A gaping hole where piston #2 used to be. The pin was strong enough to
dig 3-4 mm deep grooves in cylinder walls before it stopped.
There it is!
Most of the piston remains found in the oil pan. It made four holes in the
block. Some bits lodged themselves in the balance shaft chamber.
The head is scored, but not that bad. The head gasket was in perfect shape.
All four valves are bent. The head is off to the machine shop.
Figured it would be a good time to repaint the hood while it's off the car.
The parts order has arrived!
The head is back, nicely cleaned up and machined.
Replaced the bent valves with a new set, refreshed the seals, and topped
it off with a pair of T5 camshafts.
This block came off my old 1995 900 convertible, with a mileage almost
three times less than the 9-5.
Assembled the engine with new seals and gaskets.
The manifolds, turbo and other accessories are bolted on.
New Aero clutch and pressure plate installed.
The gearbox is on next.
Lowering the engine back into the bay.
In the car
Engine mounts attached, the hoist can go back to storage.