Date: 26 Mar 2000 21:17:18 GMT
From: stephydronopsamcomNOSPAM (StepHydro)
Subject: Saab clutch, 4 mm clearance and it still won't come out


Well, I made a 4 mm thick ring tool that would fit under the pressure plate housing abutments, thus holding the diaphragm spring fingers depressed. This ended up giving me 5+ mm clearance between the front surface of the throwout bearing and the spring fingers...nearly 6 for most fingers. The %%$#%*&#$ thing still won't come out. I move the throwout bearing out of its spigot I pull up and to the right with the whole assembly..it moves nearly two inches off-center. The slave cylinder lacks 6 mm clearing the rear of the transfer case housing. The clutch plate hub (sticking aft into the center bore of the flywheel) catches on the inner bore of the flywheel. No combination of moves I can come up with will free the assembly. If the front spigot on the salve cylinder were 4 mm shorter, I could force it past the fingers of the diaphragm spring. Can anyone suggest why *every other* Saab in the world will come apart with the regulation 4mm clearance, yet mine won't separate even with nearly 6?????? All help greatly appreciated. I have been at this for over a month now (off and on, of course). I am an ex motorcycle and sports car road racer who has done his own mechanics since around 1957. I have removed the engine from this Saab and rebuilt the transmission. Why is this so difficult? TIA/Don Carron

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