Date: 7 Nov 2002 15:46:40 GMT
Subject: Re: 84 900 turbo clutch

Someone who looks an awful lot like Grunff <> wrote: > Before you start taking it apart, get someone to push in the > clutch pedal and insert a spacer to hold the diaphragm > spring compressed. Some cable of the right diameter works well. Do yourself a favor and just go buy the special Saab tool for holding the compression on the pressure plate. It's less than 20 bucks, and you'll save more than that just in cuss words. Trust me. Fiddling around with a cobbled-up cable works, but it isn't worth the stress. But, other than that, it's disturbingly easy. Get the turbo plumbing out of the way, remove the black plastic shroud over the clutch assembly (that's the trickiest part, really.). Have your helper depress the clutch, and put the special Saab tool that you bought or borrowed for this job (trust me) in to hold the fingers of the clutch pressure plate depressed. Remove the access hatch from the front of the clutch, where the clutch shaft goes through the clutch. Take the little plastic oil-slinger out (screws out), screw in one of the bolts that was holding the shroud on, and lever the shaft forward towards the don't have to take the radiator out for this, by the way. Now, take off the (6? 8?) bolts which hold the pressure plate to the flywheel, and work it out. I'm not sure if you have to take the slave cyl. out or not, but there are others here who can tell you -it's only 3 bolts if you do, no biggie. "Reassembly is the reverse of this process". If you don't have to open up the hydraulic system, avoid it if at all possible, bleeding the bubbles out of it is a pain in the butt, big time. If you've never done it before, give it all day saturday, but you'll probably be done by early afternoon, no problems. If you're going to replace the clutch disk, you might want to consider doing the pressure plate as well if your budget allows. Also, while you're in there, there's a pilot bearing that's pressed into the flywheel (an extra 8 or 10 bolts if you want to do it, and about a 15 dollar item), which really would be good to do while you're there. If you run into questions, enough of us have done it...I check my email quite frequently, so feel free to say "Hey, how do I (whatever)". Dave Hinz

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