Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2000 14:33:54 GMT
From: "Ask The MasterTech" <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Safety Switch?

Hi Kyle, Nope, no clutch safety switch on the 85. Saab used the reverse lockout mechanism on the early 900 cars for safety but it would still start without depressing the clutch. Hopefully this will help. TW <> wrote in message news:3987a9af$0$60941$ > 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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