Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 14:58:16 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: 91 9000T 5spd trans

David, Thank you for the quasimotors link. I had forgotten about all the helpful information they have there. Walt "David Haydon" <> wrote in message news:Ewre9.1094$n3.93323nopsamfep2-gui... > Walt, > you can take the transmission out either way. Neither are particularly easy, > but neither are they beyond the capabilities of the experienced home > mechanic (tools permitting). Time is the big issue, both are relatively big > jobs. AllData lists the transaxle replacement as 6.7 hours and an engine > replacement as 5.5 hours, both without touching other components (e.g. > clutch). > I have done it both ways myself, I followed the instructions on > to take it out from underneath. This > is very simple apart from cracking tight/inaccessible nuts and no you do not > have to remove the suspension, just disconnect it and drop the subframe and > there is enough room (just). > Taking the engine/gearbox out as a unit was also relatively straight > forward, but you have to be really sure that you will be able to reconnect > everything back the way it was (I think I used Haynes as a guide and took > lots of photos - I should really get round to posting them on a web page). > If you have a non-turbo, I would say taking the engine out may be the > quicker, but if you have the turbo then all the extra connections would > probably make the dropping it from below the better option. I wouldn't trust > it to a non-Saab specialist to take out the engine, particularly if it is a > turbo. > I can't comment on the slave cylinder, other than to say definitely change > it at the same time. As for the mount, I believe that Saab do not supply it > as a separate piece any more, only as integral to the transmission end > plate. I could not find anyone that supplied them here in the uk apart from > Abbot who sell a poly replacement. I would be very surprised if a tranny > rebuild included a new slave and mount. > hope this is of some help > David > > > "Walt Kienzle" <> wrote in message > > > It looks like I will need to replace the manual transmission on my 9000. > So > > far I have found 2 sources for a rebuilt trans: the local Saab dealer and > > The dealer is about $275 more expensive, but doesn't > > charge the $100 or $200 for shipping if I pick it up from and return the > > core to his store. My question is: What comes with the transmission or > what > > additional parts should I get? > > > > Tom Townsend of says the Saab transmission comes > > with a slave cylinder. TW at says that "for the many > > years that [he] worked for Saab" the Saab rebuilt transmissions did not > come > > with a slave cylinder, and his doesn't either. I know I will have to get > a > > clutch kit, but nobody has let me know if I need to reuse my existing > > transmission mount. If so, this would be the perfect opportunity to > replace > > it too. > > > > I also need to find a place that will make the repair. I'm not > considering > > the dealer for this because their labor rate is $95 per hour, so they are > > estimating over $4000 for the job. The independent transmission repair > > shops (not necessarily familiar with Saabs) are also giving me different > > answers on how the transmission is replaced. This is important because > the > > amount of time quoted for the job varies by quite a bit depending on how > the > > transmission is removed. One shop says that the engine and transmission > > have to come out as an assembly and then they are separated. TW and > another > > shop says that the transmission can come out by itself. It seems that one > > of the subframe members have to come out to allow the transmission to come > > out the bottom. I can't see how this can be done without also removing > the > > entire suspension on the left side. Any information or advice would be > > appreciated. > > > > Walt Kienzle > > > > > >

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