Date: 21 Dec 2004 16:04:50 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Slave Cylinder Replacement 1988 model 900

On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:59:57 +0000, Charles Christacopoulos <> wrote: > Dave Hinz wrote: > >> Do yourself a favor. Best 20 bucks you're going to spend, either >> way you decide to get the old one out, is to buy the Saab clutch >> pressure plate retaining tool. Looks like a circular-bent piece >> of steel wire, a bit larger than the opening in the pressure plate >> where those fingers are. It'll hold them depressed while you put >> the new one in. > Interesting that you say that. If you did not want to cut the *fingers* > off ... and the cylinder has colapsed ... how would you compress the > pressure plate to fit the special tool? One finger at a time with a prybar. Can be done but I'll never attempt it again. To get the special tool in the _new_ pressure plate, if you have a hydraulic (or arbor) press, you can press down where the slave cylinder would, _or_, you can put it under the car or something else heavy, and press up with the jack, in order to get the tool in. That's either "cheesy" or "elegant" depending on your point of view; I choose the latter. > Or if the clutch is that worn > that pressing the clutch does not produce enough clearance for the > special tool to fit in. Yes, it can be a royal PITA. > On a different note the haynes manual recommended the use of a thick > cable as an alternative to the special tool (which I never managed to > fit and as I was taking the engine out ... I took the clutch off with > the use of some large levers) I played with the thick cable method, it sucked horribly and I'll not repeat it. The real tool isn't expensive. There are two versions, different by about 2mm, perhaps you had the wrong sized one when you couldn't get it in? Dave Hinz

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