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Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 22:59:57 +0000
From: Charles Christacopoulos <>
Subject: Re: Slave Cylinder Replacement 1988 model 900

Dave Hinz wrote: > On 20 Dec 2004 12:12:04 -0800, <> wrote: > >>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. > > > Ugh. It's a dealer-only special tool if you're lucky. If it was me > (actually, couple years ago it _was_ me), I'd buy a whole new clutch > kit, including the pressure plate. Also get the throw-out bearing while > you're in that far, maybe a crank seal too. > > Anyway. Order the whole kit (clutch disk, pressure plate, slave cyl), it's > not much more than any two of the above. Use a dremel tool (abrasive high- > speed cutting tool) with an abrasive disk, and cut the fingers off of the > pressure plate. > > Yeah, it's a shame to destroy a part to take it off, but your alternative > involves putting pressure on surfaces not made for it, or a lot of > dicking around. > > >>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. :) > > > One other alternative would be to depress the fingers one finger at a > time, hold them "down" (back? whatever) by inserting a spacer > between each of them and the housing. > > Look here: > > ...specifically, near the bottom, at img_1421.html and surrounding images. > (It's on a '78 99 Turbo but nearly everything is the same as your car). > > 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. With levering, you _might_ be able to use that > to help you get the old one out as well, might even be able to save > the pressure plate if you really don't want to buy a new one. > > If you get stuck while you're doing it, or have more questions, > plenty of folks here who will advise you, and my email does work if > you want to talk directly. > > Dave Hinz > 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? Or if the clutch is that worn that pressing the clutch does not produce enough clearance for the special tool to fit in. 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) Ta. Charles -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply. Work: Hobby:

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