Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 11:51:24 -0400
From: "SilverSurfer" <>
Subject: Re: 96 9000CS - Whining sound from Automatic Trans.

"Piers" <> wrote in message > SilverSurfer wrote: > >>> >>> Piers >> >> Hi Piers, >> I am located in London, Ontario, Canada. >> I did take the car to the local SAAB dealer, they immediately told me to >> replace the transmission. ($6000.00 - 7000.00) >> (Dealer did not inspect, just listened to the noise.) >> As I mentioned in the first post, the transmission does function as it >> should. >> >> I'm going to try your suggestions, starting with the ATF and filter >> change. If it turns out to need replacing I may just have it rebuilt. >> I have also been on the lookout for a used tranny, but seem to be hard to >> find. >> >> Thanks for the response, >> >> Kirk, >> >> >> >> > > Hi Kirk, > > Since you're on that side of "the pond" you could call Eriksson Industries > in Connecticut (US) as they are ZF experts who can supply parts - even a > rebuilt transmission - and advice (if it comes to more than an oil and > filter change). Their website is I live in > the UK and bought a spring kit from them as their prices are good and they > ship internationally. I believe Eriksson's supply with > their rebuilt transmissions and so it's worth comparing both places for a > fully delivered price if you end up going that route. You can probably get > Lubegard locally or mail order from in the US. > > But yes, first have a look at the state of the oil, then replace the > filter and change the oil (if it looked OK add some Lubegard now, if it > was very dirty do a couple more oil changes first). Check to see if the > old filter is clogged. There's a magnet down there in the cover that you > remove to access the filter that will probably have some fine magnetic > sludge on it, which is fairly normal - chunks of anything in that area is > a potential cause for concern. Certainly use a new filter and o-rings and > don't be tempted to try to reuse the old one - it's just not worth it! > > Good luck and let us know how it goes. > > Piers UPDATE I took the car to a transmission shop that had some experience with ZF transmissions. They found metal filings in the fluid. They also put a listening device on the trans. itself and were able to determine the sound was coming the area closest to the driver's side front wheel.

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