In this video I’ll show you how to replace the front brake rotor and brake pads on your SAAB 9-3 (m.y. 1999 to 2002). Mine is a 2001 9-3 Aero but I’m pretty sure the procedure should be the same, or at least very similar, on other versions of the car except perhaps the Viggen due to it’s larger rotors, but I could be wrong(?).
I got the idea for making this video as I needed to replace the ones on my own car after it failed the yearly check-up due to worn out rotors and brake pads. After searching the web I found a few other tutorials and a handful of descent videos on YouTube describing the process. However, none were for this particular model, but for it’s successor; the 2003 to 2007 year version, and apparently it’s NOT exactly the same. Luckily I found out before I went out to buy new tools, as I didn’t need them. Apart from the that, the actual work should be the same.
Please note; I’m very aware of the horrible condition of my otherwise wonderful car. It’s very dirty after having been parked outside throughout the winter months. A few more things need to be fixed on it as well, such as the headlight wipers and some rust here and there, so there’s no need to comment unless you feel you need to get it out of your system. 😉
I really tried to keep the video as short as possible to not waste anybody’s time, but it proved to be a rather hard task in it’s own right. The goal was to have it under 10 minutes, but since that didn’t work out too well you can always skip ahead to the bits you’re interested in…
Thanks and good luck!
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