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Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 22:13:57 -0500
From: "Brian Dean" <>
Subject: '91 Saab 900 manual transmission shifter broke-off at boot...

Apparently my son was doing some power shifting of his Saab 900... I'm looking at a '91 Saab 900 w/ manual transmission ... the five speed shift lever broke off right at the base, inside the rubber bellows. The fracture occurred at the base of the straight shift lever where it appears to have been welded to a sort of ball shaped bearing held in a receiving plate that has three 25-Torx screws holding it down. Take out the three Torx screws and the whole assembly lifts cleanly out of the manual transmission selector rod receiver. Guess I'll go to a salvage yard and try and locate a replacement shifter assembly. This repair route looks much simpler than disassembling the shift lever assembly to save the good bits. If we can't locate an inexpensive shift lever assembly it may make sense to disassemble the broken shifter assembly and try and save the reverse lock-out sleeve, the reverse lock-out latch rod assembly; the bottom plastic ball bearing that fits into the shift rod ... etc... Anyone have any experience with this failure and repair??? Thanks, Brian

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