Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 09:54:58 +0200
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Safety Switch?

Hi, Sorry to hear about your misfortune - hope the recovery will be complete - for both leg and door. I think that even more customers would be up in arms if Saab were to introduce a clutch safety switch on its cars (I just went out to my wife's 9-3 to confirm that such a thing is *not* installed on it, thank god). It's pretty common practice to put the car into neutral before working on things that involve turning the key! Many driving schools - especially in Europe - advise their students of a good escape measure in case they were to have their engine fail on a railway crossing or other inconvenient place: Put the car in gear, take foot off clutch, and turn the key. The start motor by itself will lurch you out of trouble, without the engine having to start. Hard on the gearbox, but may be well worth it ;-) I wouldn't want to deprived of having that little emergency trick, ever. Regards, Robert Gothenburg (1983 900 8v carb, 1999 9-3 200) Kyle Kontney wrote: > Greetings everyone, > > Do you know if there is supposed to be a clutch-depressed-to-start type of > safety switch on 1985 900 Turbos? > > Here is the story - Installing a stereo in my nearly flawless 1985 900 > Turbo. Get the stereo and CD Changer installed (Soldered joints, > heat-shrink plastic, etc.), try it out, always an underlying "fuzz" type > sound. Called SEARS and they offered no help or decent service. Taking the > radio out, and very upset. > > After getting the origianal radio back in, had a hard time identifying the > dash-board switches (AC, Rear Defrost, Re-circulate air and Hazard), forgot > to label them. So I step outside of the car to check the Re-Circulate hood > flap. With the switch attached to the connector that I "think" is the > correct connector, I hear some vacuum sound. Wasn't sure if it was the vent > flap or not. So I got out of the car, and checked, I couldn't tell.... So > (through the passengers side) I started the car to create a vacuum through > the vacuum pump. Being that the gear was in reverse, and the car started, > the car started to go backward... Even with the parking break on, and me > half way in the car. Busted my leg up well, and worst of all, busted my > almost flawless 900 Turbo Four door. The passenger door bent all the way > back into the fender and hood with me in between the door and the garage > door jamb... OUCH!!! > > Insurance will cover it, and my leg is getting better. But, how does a car > allow you to start it without depressing the clutch..... Is this by design? > On the newer SAAB's they may need the clutch depressed to start (smarter > design), but does anyone really know about the 1985 900 series... Is this by > design??? > > It was painful, on my leg and heart.... I love the classic SAAB's!!! > > -Kyle C. Kontney

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