Date: 20 Nov 1997 13:41:02 GMT
From: (Justin Brannock)
Subject: Re: 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? I had to replace the cylinder on my '85 SPG and it was somewhere around $175. As far as the gearbox goes, you may have to give it an overhaul (I'm sorry!). I've heard, though, that Saab transmissions usually last even longer after being overhauled than before, so it may be worth it.

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