Sometimes the best maintenance is good driving habits. Well this isn't to say you can stop changing your oil just because you've been good, but proper maintenance and a little attention to your daily driving habits can go a long way. I once had a customer come in with a worn clutch at 60,000 miles. He said to me this would be his third clutch, and was curious as to what was Saab's problem with clutches. I told him this was unusual and quizzed him on his driving. Everything seemed normal by his explanation so I told him I would pay extra attention while doing the job as to any mechanical problems. When the car was done I went out on a test drive with him and let him drive. As we drove down the street we had a conversation about his work I soon noticed as he became preoccupied in conversation he would never put the car in first gear from a start. Every time starting in second gear. I said" that's it" he said "what" well once he realized what he was doing I haven't put a clutch in his car since. This case is a bit extreme, but there are many little things that can give your cars parts longer life.
.......Here is a list of simple yet effective habits to get into.
1. Put your transmission
in neutral and take your foot off the clutch when at stop signs.
2. Before selecting
`R' gear on manual trans always select first gear.
3. Don't use full
throttle until your engine is up to normal temperature.
4. Fill up your tank
when you get to ¼ full.
5. Don't rev your
engine in neutral.
.......Combine these habits with regular maintenance and some knowledge on how your Saab works can lead to years of happy motoring.
(This article is meant to educate a consumer,or as a guideline for professionals. You can cause serious damage to your vehicle and/or cause yourself injury. Only those qualified should attempt repairs. I do my best to assure that the above info is correct but take no responsibility for any damages incurred.)
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