Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 11:36:07 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Time for a clutch job

Inky wrote: > As soon as I can afford it in time and money, I need to do a clutch > job on my 900. When I bought it, I'm thinking the clutch cylinder was > already weak. Grinds a bit going into second, esp. in cold weather. > I've read this is indicative of a failing clutch cylinder. The > throw-out bearing is also noisy (esp. when cold). Now, the clutch > pedal is getting sticky. Stops for a split second on release, causing > the engine to rev as I depress the gas. Again, this is worse when > cold. If I'm going to tear it apart, I'm just going to replace the > clutch plate while I'm at it. The clutch is a joy to do on a C900 (compared to any other car that is). Before you start dismantling, get someone to push the pedal in, and insert a spacer to hold the spring depressed (3/16" copper pipe works great). It is worth replacing the whole lot - spring, plate, slave and thow-out bearing - The kit is not expensive, and you won't have to touch it again for 100k or more. While you're in there, it's a good idea to also do the pilot bearing and the crank seal. This adds maybe 20 minutes to the job, and means no leaks from the front. The grinding when going into second may or may not be the clutch - it's difficult to tell from here. A lot of 900 boxes grind going into second. Using a good synth. gear oil (yes, I know the manual and Saab recommend engine oil, but when these boxes get old, this helps) such as Redline MTL or Honda MTF can make a big difference. -- Grunff

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