Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 21:26:50 +0100
From: "Tim Ricketts ,Wales, UK ." <>
Subject: Re: '84 900S, 5spd, 2.0L- stuck in reverse. Help!!

Mike Smith wrote: > > '84 900S, 5spd, 2.0L, 160K+ miles. > I recieved this vehicle several weeks ago with the complaint that "after not > being able to start the car, it locked into reverse and will not shift into > neutral [to allow another attempt to start]. " > After a brief examination, I found that carbon buildup/contamination on the > rotor points/cap probably contributed to the rough start. I am at a loss to > repair, much less explain the lockup of the (manual) transmition in reverse. I > checked the operation of the pull-up knob (which allows shifting from reverse) > and checked to see if the car was in neutral or reverse. The > reverse-shift-knob (on the stickshift) appears to be functioning, however the > shifter seems to be stuck in between reverse and neutral. > Although I have worked on cars for many years now (as a hobby), this is the > first Saab I have had to work on. If I can get the transmition to shift again, > I'm confident I can get the engine to run properly. Any clues would be most > appriciated. > Please send/Cc responces to > > thanx much. > Mike It's probably the reverse lock thats fallen apart inside.You can get to it with a bit of difficulty by removing all the centre console stuff etc.There are three nuts that require a special saab tool,but i always just use a drift and tap them round.Saab supply a kit of parts to rebuild it all,and its worth while changing the lock barrel at the same time.Email me if you need more.Tim.

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