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Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 14:14:13 -0500
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: 91 9000T 5spd trans

"Grunff" <> wrote in message > Walt Kienzle wrote: > > > 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. > > Ok, $95ph I can swallow, but 40 hours?!! When I replaced my 1987 9kT > clutch, I took out the tranny and put it back in in one day. And that > was my first time taking out a 9k box. The $4000 includes parts - transmission, clutch kit, CV boots, crank seal, etc. The quoted labor is about 12 hours using the Saab recommended procedures. Of course the estimate is based on book time, not actual time. > While you're in there, it's worth replacing the crank seal and the shift > linkage. Those and a few other parts are planned while the access is easy. > > Out of interest, how did it fail? It had been hard to get into second for a few months, sometimes popping out of gear. Then one day as I was going down the road I heard a bang, the car lurched and started making a scraping noise. I pulled to the side of the road to see if the scraping noise was coming from something scraping against the road, but there was nothing. I started the car back up and found that the transmission was still in first gear even though the selector was in neutral. It was about 1/2 mile back home, so I drove it back with the selector in neutral. When I got it back in the garage, I tried reverse. When I let the clutch out (slowly) the engine speed decreased, but the car didn't move. I can find all the other gears - I tried it with the engine off. I didn't want to risk exploding the transmission by trying other gears while it was running. Walt

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