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Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 13:15:36 GMT
From: "Keith Grider" <>
Subject: Re: SAAB manual or Auto transmission

Bob, I have a NG900 and the cable clutch is a problem. Theoretically, it can be simpler, but the ng900 clutch cable assy is a complicated mess which does not work correctly all the time. Inflection point is different cold versus hot. Pedal effort is greatest at the floor (exacerbates my knee problem but this is my problem). It is a 'self adjusting' clutch cable. Read the information on it on the Townsend site. It requires that the pressure plate is matched to it and that the PP spring rate is tightly controlled. My brother ('94 900SE) had his totally quit. Pedal to the floor and no disengagement. Replaced transmission, clutch and cable. (all covered by Saab for a car with 80kmi!) Worked fine for a while (2 wk) then no disengagement. Took it apart again and replaced the pressure plate and cable because 'the pressure plate was too stiff' causing stripping of the adjusting mechanism on the cable. I feel that Saab should offer a standard screw adjustable cable mechanism for us DIY'ers. Hey, if I support the engine, remove H support, remove transmission and clutch. replace pressure plate and strip my cable, I will not take it back apart to replace the pressure plate! I will have a special cable made which allows me to adjust the inflection point! This is why Saab/GM went back to the hydraulic clutch - service costs are lower. I have also heard that Saab/GM is replacing the cable with hydraulic on cars under warranty with complaints. Keith Grider "Bob" <> wrote in message news:edm4vs46ia0nlg5foq6d7uccr26oe4chkgnopsamcom... > On Thu, 19 Oct 2000 21:11:17 -0400, "Brian Inniss" > <> wrote: > > > The 5 speed on the new 900 (94-98) uses a cable > >to clutch making it a very heavy pedal action. > > "Real" drivers enjoy a manual clutch :-). Makes us think we're > driving a race car. Just don't expect it to be like a Honda and > you'll be all set. > > Actually, though, the cable system is far simpler - lever=> cable > => clutch vs. Lever => Master cyl => fluid => slave cyl => clutch. > Far fewer parts to wear out or replace. > > > The clutch cable in my '96 900S broke at only 125K. > > *Only* 125K ? It's a CABLE ! Cables are a maintenance item. The slave > cyl on my Nissan gave out at 115K. Parts wear out over time. > > bob

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