Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 06:11:12 -0500
From: johnw <>
Subject: Re: clutch replacement 84 900 s

Robert Brown wrote: > > Hi, > Right you are about bleeding the air from the clutch hydraulics via > pressurising the brake fluid reservoir from above, but I'd venture to say that > you can usually replace the clutch without disconnecting the slave cylinder > from the feed pipe. Which means that if you have no air in the hydraulic > system _before_ replacing the clutch, you probably won't have more once I recently bought a 1984 900S with 103K miles. The clutch was making periodic vibrating sounds from down by the pedal and maybe up toward the front a little. Not when it was engaged, but when I depressed the pedal to shift. It worked fine though. Then it started grabbing closer and closer to the floor until I couldn't shift at all and the pedal was "loose" all the way to the floor. I was told the vibrating noice was the flywheel bearing (?) about to go. I was hoping the pedal problem was just a cable or hydraulics adjustment. The fluid reservoir was full. I brought it in to my local Saab specialist and he said he needed to replace the whole clutch. Does this sound right? He was pretty good the only other time I had him work on the car, seems knowledgable and trustworthy. New clutch: $504.00, including labor. Not bad, I don't think, since a new clutch on my '84 VW Jetta GLI was around $425.00. I still have to learn more about the Saab engine. I plan to pick up the Bentley and/or other books so I can do more work on my own. -johnw -- john s. webster the vortext group -- writing svcs. 218 waterman st. #306c providence, rhode island 02906 phone/fax: (401) 273-5567 email: ---------------------------------------------

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