Date: Sun, 20 Jun 1999 22:08:24 +0200
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: Clutch; Master/Slave

Hi, You mention nothing of what model Saab or its year, could you tell us these please? I've renovated the clutch master cylinder twice now (1983 900Gl and 1983 99GL), so I'd say that if you're good with cars and your clutch system is the same as on my cars, it's not too difficult. I'm an amateur with reasonably good dexterity and the job took me 2 hours and a can of beer (don't know if the beer makes the work go slower or faster). If it _is_ the master cyl that's the problem . . . Can't say if your workshop's done anything to mess things up down there - but after I changed the clutch in the 99 a number of years ago, I got that magic clicking feeling too, but it disappeared after a couple of weeks. Couldn't understand why it appeared - or disappeared :-/ What I say now pertains to the above models (may not apply to other years): You mention that you get no bottoming out of the pedal when you don't ride it between shifts. But if you're parked and push the pedal lightly for a half minute or so, does the pedal start to go towards the floor? If so, you might have a slow leak inside the master cylinder - the solution is then to change all seals on the master cylinder plunger - a set of these shouldn't set you back more than about 20 dollars or so. OTOH it could be that the clutch _slave_ cylinder's piston was damaged during the clutch change (I recall somewhere that most workshops replace the seals on the slave cyl when replacing the clutch as standard practice) and you're losing fluid out that end. Check all around the slave cylinder for new fluid. If in doubt, wipe clean and then do some shifts . . . Seems strange that the throw-out bearing should be stiff (requiring heavier clutch foot pressure to get it to move). Ask your mechanics if they replaced it together with the clutch. But as I said, if your year model's radically different from 1983, then I may be giving you bad advice ;-) Regards, Robert PJHagen wrote: > I just had the car in for service, THe dealer had wanted an arm & a leg for > some work & seemed to be trying to sell me some things that ha djust been done > a while ago. SO I decide to try someplace else. The say that they have some > dealer trained machanics. > > Well anyway, they tell me that some of the work the dealer wanted to do isn't > really necessary yet; the belts and clutch being two of them. Now, the day > after I had the car in, i get this 'clicking' transmitted to my foot from th > eclutch as I'm shifting up from a stop. I tand not to pull my foot all the way > up & remove the slack, but be assures, I'm not exactly riding the throw-out > bearing. Which, by the way is also starting to make a light grinding feeling > just as it takes light pressure. Under full pressure, no grinding feeling. > > If I only shift one gear at a time, say when going from 35 to 50 -or- I make it > a point to pull waaay off the pedal when shifting through all 5, I don't > experience the problem. If I don't do this, by thte time I get to 4th, the > pedal is bottomed out. > > It would make sense that there is now an internal leak in one of the cylinders. > > Here's the Q: Is there something that they might have done (inadvertently of > course) to cause this? Is it going to be a big deal to fix it? > Peter Hagen > - PJHagennopsamcom > > Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends

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