Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 19:10:44 +0200
From: Robert Brown <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Changed But Still Not Working

Lou wrote: > Hi, > > We have recently changed the clutch on our 1987 SAAB 900. The clutch > won't engage the pedal just goes down to the floor. We have also > changed the Slave cyinder and bled the system twice. We are stumped, > any advice would be gratfuly recieved, > > Thanks, > > Louise > http://www.nospam/gallery/4_door_saloon/g4s_mccormack.htm Hi, We'll assume for the moment that the slave cyl fix and bleeding of hydraulics has been properly done . . . have you torn down the master cylinder and fitted new piston seals? A good master cyl but leaking slave cyl will cause same symptoms as you describe, but you will lose fluid from the brake fluid resevoir (sic). If the seals on the master cylinder piston have degraded, you can often get get the pedal to the floor without loss of fluid anywhere (and without the clutch being disengaged of course). A renovation kit shouldn't cost more than about USD 20. Make sure that the return spring in front of the piston is not broken as well. The spring has to be ordered separately, not normally part of a renovation kit. Consider also freeing the clutch line from the engine bay during the repair. That way you probably won't need to disconnect the hydraulic line from either the master or slave cyls. It's a messy job (if you don't like brake fluid) but not too complex. Tell us how it goes . . . Robert, Gothenburg

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