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18.06.2006: Bracket
The universal spring compressor I got from an auto parts store could not reach far enough, so I had to improvise by making this U-shaped bracket. The walls around the spring should be protected from scratches since they act as sealing surfaces for hydraulic tappets.

Saab B204/B234 cylinder head rebuild. This head is found in all four-cylinder Saab 900 and 9000 from 1994 to 1998, as well as 1999 9-3.

Tools and supplies:

  • 12 mm socket: camshaft cap bolts;
  • 11 mm socket and extention: valve seal tapping (a metal tube of a similar size will do as well);
  • valve spring compressor: it should be able to reach down into an inch-wide lifter socket;
  • thin needle nose pliers (curved nose preferred);
  • fresh engine oil.


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