Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 14:38:59 GMT
From: (Bill Koch)
Subject: Saab 1985 900, Bad gearbox?

Ran into a problem last week with my 1985 900. I started it up on a cool (about 40 deg F) morning, and the car would not shift out of reverse. After sitting in reverse for about 5 mins and letting it warm up, I was able to get it to shift, but as I pulled off the street and onto the freeway, I found the car would not shift into 5th! The gearbox oil had just been changed a week before (Mobil 10w30), and the car had only been driven 30 or so miles since then. I checked the oil level, and it seemed to be a little low, but was above the minimum marking on the dipstick. A friend mentioned that it may be a bad mesh gear. IS this possible? The shifting on this car has never been "smooth" (bought it a year or so ago, after driving a Acura Integra), but it has seemed to be a little more finicky lately. I also was informed by my mechanic a few months ago that I should have the clutch cylinder replaced (the clutch pedal-connected cylinder), as it was wearing out. I am able to get it to shift into 5th if I am moving very slowly by letting up on the clutch a little and letting it "pop" into 5th.. but am not about to do this when travelling at speed (hate to hear the sound of gears disintegrating when on I95). If I have to replace the cylinder, how much does one usually run? If it is a bad mesh gear also, what does repairing that cost on average? Thanks. Bill Koch

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