Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 18:53:35 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: 88 9000T clutch pedal specs

Sean Wylie-Toal wrote: > I've been driving my 9000T for a while now, but it seems that I have to > press the clutch further and further in order to get a clean shift. I've > checked the manual but the specs aren't in there, so what are the specs for > the pedal distances/active ranges, and could this be a sign of some > necessary clutch work? I get a grind every now and then switching into > rev/1st, but not always. Looking at the time for a clutch job post I'm > hoping I won't have to do the PITA clutch work! There aren't any specs as such - you're supposed to push the pedal *all the way in* when changing gear. However, since you're seeing a change, you're probably experiencing a failing master (easy) of slave (b!tch) cylinder. I would fix this soon - a failed clutch cylinder is the only thing that has ever stranded me in a Saab (9000). There really isn't an easy way to test which one it is. I would start by replacing the master and see if that fixes it. If it fixes things, great. If not, then it's the slave. One last thing - there's a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting that if you replace one of the cylinders, the other one fails shortly afterwards. I've experienced this twice, and know at least 3 other people who say the same thing. So it may not be a bad idea to do both at the same time (that's what I always do these days). -- Grunff

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