Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:53:08 GMT
From: 'nuther Bob  <>
Subject: Re: 1999 9-3 Reverse question 5-sp manual

On 18 Aug 2003 10:29:06 -0700, (don schad) wrote: >It was my (perhaps incorrect?) understanding that the point of >syncromesh is to assure that the gears are aligned correctly so that >they will engage and do so smoothly. If this is the case and without >syncromesh the car won't go into reverse quickly/reliably then I would >consider it a safely problem. The lack of syncromesh itself may not >make a safely issue, but ceratinly a lack of reverse-on-demand does. > >I'll try your suggestions. > >Thanks for your response. I would suggest that you let the clutch up in neutral, then push the clutch back down before engaging reverse. However, there is another trick you can use (and I think you already did it, so read on). If you put the shifter into 1st gear, the syncros will stop the tranny and it should then go right into reverse. If it does not go in reverse easily, then the linkage may need adjustment. This is not unheard of on a Saab. You can DIY if you buy a repair manual, or have the dealer do it. If _that_ still doesn't fix it, then you might want to read this TSB: Bob

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