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Date: 20 Dec 2004 20:45:18 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <DaveHinznospamcop.net>
Subject: Re: Slave Cylinder Replacement 1988 model 900


On 20 Dec 2004 12:12:04 -0800, saab882005nospamo.com <saab882005nospamo.com> wrote: > I am about to replace the slave cylinder on my 1988 model 900. It is > leaking and does not work. Does anyone know where I can purchase the > 'special' tool that moves the pressure plate when the slave cylinder > won't. Ugh. It's a dealer-only special tool if you're lucky. If it was me (actually, couple years ago it _was_ me), I'd buy a whole new clutch kit, including the pressure plate. Also get the throw-out bearing while you're in that far, maybe a crank seal too. Anyway. Order the whole kit (clutch disk, pressure plate, slave cyl), it's not much more than any two of the above. Use a dremel tool (abrasive high- speed cutting tool) with an abrasive disk, and cut the fingers off of the pressure plate. Yeah, it's a shame to destroy a part to take it off, but your alternative involves putting pressure on surfaces not made for it, or a lot of dicking around. > Or any ideas on fabricating one would be appreciated. I love > this car and would hate to get rid of it, but it is tough to drive > without a working clutch. :) One other alternative would be to depress the fingers one finger at a time, hold them "down" (back? whatever) by inserting a spacer between each of them and the housing. Look here: http://www.duck-creek.net/dave/saab/99turbo/reanimation/engine_removal/ ...specifically, near the bottom, at img_1421.html and surrounding images. (It's on a '78 99 Turbo but nearly everything is the same as your car). Do yourself a favor. Best 20 bucks you're going to spend, either way you decide to get the old one out, is to buy the Saab clutch pressure plate retaining tool. Looks like a circular-bent piece of steel wire, a bit larger than the opening in the pressure plate where those fingers are. It'll hold them depressed while you put the new one in. With levering, you _might_ be able to use that to help you get the old one out as well, might even be able to save the pressure plate if you really don't want to buy a new one. If you get stuck while you're doing it, or have more questions, plenty of folks here who will advise you, and my email does work if you want to talk directly. Dave Hinz

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