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Date: 11 Aug 2003 00:42:52 -0700
From: paul.rogannopsamlise.co.uk (Paul)
Subject: Re: Brake/Suspension Problem on 2002 9-3


Gary, I got my car back on saturday, the juddering clutch has apparently been replaced, due the alignment between "the flywheel" and some other bit not being correct. The 4 wheel alignment seems to have fixed the problem with the steering I was having and the reason why I took the car in (the clunky sound) seemed fine at first, now it is back :-( just as you described really. I will be back onto dealer today, having them tell me they will tighten up the bolts again is going to be unacceptable so we'll see what else they can suggest. Paul. "Gozer" <gozernopsamon4.com> wrote in message news:<yKzYa.631$Sb2.255nopsamdc02.gnilink.net>... > Wow, that sounds almost like my description word for word. I'm anxious to > see what you find. Hopefully I'll have some time to get under my car this > weekend to check out my suspension noise issue. I will report back soon. > > I'm somewhat familiar with the sub-frame. There are several structural > parts that are not unified/welded into the main frame of the car. They are > bolted in place from which some of the suspension members also attach. I > suspect that as I drive the car, the movement in the suspension moves some > of the sub-frame making the noises I've described. However, 'nuther Bob's > reply also mentioned some of the pieces of the front struts which I'll will > most likely replace as well. > > A personal observation (i.e.. venting): > I love Saab, don't get me wrong. This is my 3rd of the 900 species since > 1986. However, it seems they have had a reoccurring trend of suspension > noises since the early 900's to present. Whether it be ball joints, > bushings, or control arms, I've always considered it one of their quirks as > so many different brands of cars have. I just wish they would give a little > more attention to these relatively simple issues considering the price you > pay for such a car that is otherwise so well thought out and engineered. It > almost embarrassing to be driving an almost $30k car around town and have > people turn quick in surprise to see what the heck just made such an awful > sound while you were trying to park, or as you pass over a low curb into a > parking lot. Just my $.02. I'm done now... thanks for listening... > stepping off the soapbox now... :-) > > Gary > > 2 x 1986 Saab 900t > 1 x 1999 Saab 9-3S > > > "Paul" <paul.rogannopsamlise.co.uk> wrote in message > news:2786330.0308042254.38d42de2nopsaming.google.com... > > Gary, > > > > To be honest I dont really know which bits they mean he mentioned the > > words sub frame and grease(!). > > > > The clutch juddering is happening when you first set off in the car, > > its as if the clutch has been raised too quickly and/or you dont have > > enough RPM for the clutch to engage smoothly, i.e. it sounds kind of > > like the car is going to stall but it doesnt. > > > > Ill keep you posted. > > > > Regards, > > > > Paul. > > > > > > "Gozer" <gozernopsamon4.com> wrote in message > news:<EpyXa.15909$iZ4.6145nopsamdc02.gnilink.net>... > > > Which upper bearings and washers are you suggesting? Sorry, I'm still > > > learning since my upgrade from my 900 to my 9-3. I'll spend some time > with > > > my parts diagram CD to see if I can find related parts. > > > > > > I suspect what the dealer did was torque the sub-frame as you mentioned. > > > Something must be wrong because the noise comes back very quickly. I'd > have > > > to say within a week or two of light town driving. > > > > > > Thanks, > > > Gary > > > > > > "'nuther Bob" <yetanotherphonyaddressnopsamacereally.com> wrote in > message > > > news:6pucivkf50nc261di870q0pne8t3jg16g8nopsamcom... > > > > On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 17:01:37 GMT, "Gozer" <gozernopsamon4.com> wrote: > > > > > > > > >but I'd prefer not to lose too > > > > >much ride comfort. I'll probably end up with Koni > > > > > > > > Go with the Koni's. Adjustable, you can dial in whatever you > > > > want. > > > > > > > > While you're in there, you might want to replace the upper > > > > bearings and the misc washers. Ther parts are cheap > > > > enough and you'll be sure that none of it is out of spec. > > > > Make sure you seat the spring in the correct position. > > > > > > > > You might want to reach in there now and see if the spring is > > > > correctly positioned. You should be able to feel the end of > > > > the spring right up against the stop on the lower mount/plate. > > > > Yo can do this in the driveway without even jacking up the > > > > car. > > > > > > > > Bob

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