Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 09:09:45 -0500
From: everson <>
Subject: Re: Slave Cylinder Replacement 1988 model 900

Hey Jon: Happy Holidays! Here are a few tricks and tips I've have used on the 5 SAABs I've owned over the last 30 years. I'm a 'shade tree' mechanic that has learn to repair Saabs from the school of "Hard Knocks" Buy the clutch spacer tool! I have used 7mm spark plug wire, but.... Buy a clutch kit that includes throw out bearing, slave cylinder, and pressure plate. It is best, to replace the engine oil seal, it's behind the flywheel, and since the flywheel is out, have it resurfaced. Replace clutch shaft bearing. It's in the center of the flywheel. Replace clutch shaft seal. It's in the transmission end. I have used/invented the following method for clutch replacement when there is hydraulic failure. After removing the clutch shaft! Review the clutch shaft for wear on the spines and bearing ends. Replace if in question. Remove dust boot. Cut off rubber, and saw off boot spring. New boot should come with slave cylinder. Use a 'sawsall' or hacksaw and remove about 2" of the slave cylinder. Just in front of the throw-out bearing. Remove disk, pressure plate, slave, etc. Clean up metal filings. Take new pressure plate, the old throw out bearing, clutch spacer ring, and get your car jack from the trunk! Attach jack to one of the cars four lifting shoes. Position pressure plate, 'fingers' up, plate side down on something to protect surface, cardboard works. Place old throw out between jack and pressure plate. Slowly jack up the car. Pressure plate should depress, it might happen suddenly. Insert spacer tool, and lower car. Reassemble Be careful placing spacer, the weight of the car will depress the plate farther than normal, so the position does not need to go in all the way. Good old duct tape will help hold the spacer in place. If placed to 'deep' the slave won't have enough throw, and you'll have to pry out the spacer ring, risk bending it. Hope this works for you! Don PS: Current 'friend' is a 86 900t with 257k on the clock.

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