Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 19:23:59 -0500
From: "dave" <>
Subject: Re: Slave Cylinder Replacement 1988 model 900

<> wrote in message >I am about to replace the slave cylinder on my 1988 model 900. It is > leaking and does not work. Does anyone know where I can purchase the > 'special' tool that moves the pressure plate when the slave cylinder > won't. Or any ideas on fabricating one would be appreciated. I love > this car and would hate to get rid of it, but it is tough to drive > without a working clutch. :) > Thanks, > -Jon > Just lived that one. Clutch wore out, slave cylinder too buggered to push the pressure plate back far enough. You can as was mentioned by Mr. Hinz, cut the fingers off of the pressure plate. That's what I did. Used up 3 dremel cut off disks, took about 2 hours if I remember correctly. In retrospect, likely more time consuming but less destructive, pry the individual fingers back and shim them up. If you examine the Saab Clutch holder tool thingy you will see that it is roughly the same size as quarter copper tubing. Use quarter copper tubing bits, or something similarly sized, to shim up the fingers. Don't be shy about heaving on the fingers, they won't break or deform easily, they're springs after all and anyway will likely be replaced. You will likely want to completely flush the clutch lines and rebuild / replace the master cylinder. If you rebuild the master cylinder, closely check the diameter of the rubber bits. The last rebuild kit I got had a too small high pressure end rubber dammit. This makes the master cylinder leak down on an intermittent basis and massive frustration occurs. There is a reason I know this. You also might consider replacing the rubber hose if you feel ambitious. On a less greasy note, just soldered up my THIRD faulty Hella brand relay. Like the others, they were broken loose on the pins as they go through the circuit board. dave 1992 900s conv 106k and it's oil change time

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