Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 18:24:30 -0000
From: "Ian" <>
Subject: Re: Manual Trasmission Problems

"Anthony Brown" <> wrote in message > A couple of days ago, I had a strange experience with my 2002 Saab 9-3. > After driving it for about a half hour in stop-and-go traffic, I stopped at > a store for about a twenty minutes. As leaving, I released the clutch to > back out of the parking space annd heard a faint rattling noise. It was then > hard to get in first gear. > > I drove a few dozen yards and reached a stoplight. I then could not get it > back into first gear, and with some difficulty got it into second gear. I > drove a few hundred yards, then took it out of gear. At that point, I could > only get it into fourth gear. I then pulled off the road, put it in reverse, > and turned the car off. When I restarted it, I couldn't get it out of > reverse. At that point, I gave up and called a tow truck. However, after the > car set for about 20 minutes, I restarted it and everything seemed to work > fine. > > I drove the car again yesterday for about 20 miles, and everything seemed > fine, although I noted a slight burning smell (that may have been because I > was hypersenstive to anything out of the ordinary). Any idea what happened? > I plan to give the dealer a call tomorrow, but would like to know if anybody > has experienced a similar problem or knows what might be wrong. > > Thanks, > > Anthony > > Sounds like you might have a broken clutch pressure or drive plate. If the broken part has made it's exit you may well never have any more problems, it could just as easily play up at any time. If this is the problem and if there's a big enough lump of metal remaining in the clutch housing you could do some very expensive damage!

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