Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 21:55:41 +0200
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: The Dreaded Transmission Repair

Hi, I don't completely agree with Frank's diagnosis (sorry). A seized thrust bearing (i.e. the one sitting between slave cylinder and clutch springs) tends to make _more_ noise when clutch pedal is pushed down than when released (more of a high-pitched scraping sound). The low whirring sound that you may hear (when in neutral and clutch pedal not pushed) is probably tolerable for a good many miles. I had a 99GL-1983 that started doing that at 120 000 km in 1989. Two weeks ago we sent the car to the junkyard ;-( at 285 000 km due to rust, nothing to do with gearbox. I'd be more concerned with vibrations and nasty noises whilst the car is _in_ gear and in motion. Without hearing the sound to which you refer, it's hard to say, but I'd suggest that you go for a third and fourth opinion: Mechanics love to charge big $ for reconditioning gearboxes. Good luck, hope the problem is less serious than you think ;-) Just for the record: I got lucky. Had my gearbox on another Saab (900-1983) fixed (output shaft / pinion bearing change) by a guy here in Gothenburg who'd worked 18 years at Saab's gearbox factory. I assisted in the job and that saved me money. Total job cost SEK 3000:- =USD 370 =GBP 230. For west coast Swedish readers, I'll be happy to give you his name. He's a local legend and he's good. Email me if you need to know more but get rid of the "NOSPAM" in the reply-to address. // Robert shec wrote: > Sounds like the throw-out bearings > on the clutch-"Clutch release Bearings" > > Not a big deal-comes w/ the clutch kit. > > Frank > > Josh Landess wrote in message <37fdaf71.7047331nopsam>... > Recently, as I paid for some miscellaneous staying-on-top-of-it stuff, my > mechanic told me that the noise he heard from my transmission signaled that > the day was at hand when I would have to bring it in for that thing everyone > warned me about when I bought my Saab. I have no problems with him, and > what he is saying was not dissimilar to what another mechanic had said a few > thousand miles ago. > > So, I am inclined to take it into him soon, once I get the money. How long > can I wait? Do the symptoms come on gradually, or am I risking car-death > every day? At present the only symptom seems to be a small sound when the > car is in neutral, and the clutch pedal is released. When the pedal is > pushed in, the noise goes away. > > Any thoughts? > > I have been doing a number of things right (not resting my hand on the > shift, puasing a fraction of a second in between gears) and one thing wrong > (I sometimes get frustrated with So. Cal. traffic and shift into first when > the car is at 2 or 3 mph.) > > jl > 89 Saab Turbo Convertible > 150k

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