Tranmission oil...

SaabSon

Wrench Pro
Points
26
From
Southern California
Car
04 Saab 9-3 2.0t
Has anyone changed their transmission oil? I am having trouble finding the bolt that would drain the transmission oil and any sort of direction as to where I could find this bolt would be appreciated.
 

Loz

Torque King
Points
252
From
Wolverhampton, U.K.
Car
MX-5
Its entirely possible you may need to suck the oil out, smart car suprex engines don't have a sump plug and have the oil sucked out for the same reason. :)
 

SaabSon

Wrench Pro
Points
26
From
Southern California
Car
04 Saab 9-3 2.0t
Thanks for the help. I found the bolt, unscrewed it, and no oil came out. Is this what you are talking about as far as needing a suction pump to get the oil out...?
 

Aikmanson

Torque Junkie
Points
62
From
Kingston, New York
Car
1995 Saab 900 2.0T
manual or automatic? I am not too sure on the newer 9-3's as they are nothing like a 900 or OG9-3 that I am familiar with but I do not think you need to suck anything out. As far as I can recall Saab never had this feature. I also agree usually there is two plugs.
 

c130fxr

Tuner
Points
158
From
Warner Robins GA
Car
94 Saab 9000 Aero
i know on my 9000 aero I hade the hardest time trying to find the drain. I eventually found it after much looking and what threw me off was that it was a flat plug with an allen wrench type of hole.
 

SaabSon

Wrench Pro
Points
26
From
Southern California
Car
04 Saab 9-3 2.0t
I've been out of the loop for a while. We had a death in the family so my apologies for leaving the thread a bit hanging.

I got tired of looking for the plug to drain my transmission oil so I took it to a Saab guy here in town and he said that transmission oil NEVER needs to be changed on the car. He said the factory oil in there will last the lifetime of the car. However, a note to anyone with an 04 our newer. If you'd like to drain your transmission oil, the bolt is behind the driver side of the frame. So, in order to get to the bolt and drain your oil, you would need to take off the driver side of the frame which includes lifting the engine out of the car. No bueno. Thanks for your help anyways guys!
 

T9 man

TC ModFather
Moderator
Points
1,137
From
London, UK
Car
Saab 9-3SS T9
Well I had mine changed by Abbotts 2 weeks ago after 79k miles! the Beast was starting to shift awkwardly now and again through the gears, so I had word with Abbotts, auto transmission oil now changed, and now it shifts silky smooth again! :D

Lifetime oil life??? £100 for new oil or silly + £'s for a new gearbox? not a particularly difficult one to answer I think! ;)
 
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