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Got a 2001 9-3 SE 2.0t automatic oil all over driver's side

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Hi Tom,
got a 2001 9-3 SE 2.0t automatic
oil all over driver's side of engine and transmission, dripping down to exhaust and smoking like crazy.
pulled rubber plug on torque converter cover, no oil from rear main.
replaced valve cover gasket with new. was leaking a little but minor.
I've cleaned the engine with spray cleaner and compressed air. It seems to be coming from the brake booster. Oil on top of ABS valve.
So... seems it's coming from engine via intake or vacuum pump on end of cam shaft.
How do I diagnose further and what do I minimally have to replace.
Vacuum pump is pulling vacuum fine at idle. no obvious oil coming from pump when disconnected. Having a hard time understanding how oil could run up stream against the vacuum it pulls.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Saab
Expert:  peterpete190 replied 1 year ago.

My name is ***** ***** I am a professional here at Just Answer. I noticed that your question had not received a response and thought I would see if you still need help with this.I apologize for the delay and I hope I can still assist you with this here.

If this model is equipped with a pcv valve if this valve is stuck closed this can cause a fault like this here as the crank case would build pressure.Usually there is a pcv valve or breather hose for the intake and this can restrict and cause this fault here.If this is or was already checked and found o.k. let me know so we can continue.

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Thanks Pete

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Pete, the Saab designed engine has a fairly lengthy history of PCV updates. This particular car has the final updated/recommended system and updates.
Expert:  peterpete190 replied 12 months ago.

Have you checked it for any blockages?