Date: 23 Jan 2003 15:39:32 GMT
Subject: Re: Time for a clutch job

Someone who looks an awful lot like Inky <> wrote: > As soon as I can afford it in time and money, I need to do a clutch > job on my 900. > Any tips would be appreciated. It's not too bad of a project. You do want to do it while the hydraulics still work, as if you wait until the slave cyl. is completely useless, it makes life much more complicated. The worst part, to be honest, is getting the black plastic shroud out from around all of the piping on the flywheel end of the engine. Actually, the worst part is getting that back *on*. A couple of suggestions: 1. Buy the kit that has the pressure plate, slave cyl, and clutch disk in it. Saves quite a bit of $$ to do it that way, and you probablly need all 3. About the same money as buying only 2 of those parts separately, exactly the same amount of work, and gets another potential problem out of the way. 2. The throw-out bearing is *not* part of the above kit. You need to order that separately. The bearing presses out of the flywheel pretty easily, or you can whack it out of there by putting a socket on it & using a hammer on the socket. 3. Do yourself a huge favor and buy the genuine Saab pressure-plate service tool - it's a piece of spring steel, a specific size, that holds the pressure plate depressed for you while you do the work. It's only 20 or 30 bucks as I recall, and the swearing that it prevents is very much worth it. I've tried the rope method, the cable method, and when my slave cyl. failed, the "cut the fingers off with a dremel tool" method, none of which are any fun at all. It's worth the cost of this special tool to save in the aggrivation. Plan on taking the better part of a weekend if you've never done it before. There's a great pictorial that someone here has put online of them doing theirs; I used their procedure and it's right on. Best hint they gave, is that you do *not* have to take out the radiator to do the job; the clutch shaft can be pried forward, and slid *just* up to the radiator, and you'll have plenty of clearance to get everything out. Oh - by the way - there's a seal right there, and another on the crank. You'll need to decide if you want to deal with them now, or to wait. I opted to wait on the crank seal, and it was fine. Quite a few of us have done this, so if you get stuck on anything, ask away! (I also check my email pretty frequently if you have specific questions). Dave Hinz

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