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Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 17:39:39 +0100
From: Piers <>
Subject: Re: 96 9000CS - Whining sound from Automatic Trans.

SilverSurfer wrote: >> >> Piers > > Hi Piers, > I am located in London, Ontario, Canada. > I did take the car to the local SAAB dealer, they immediately told me to > replace the transmission. ($6000.00 - 7000.00) > (Dealer did not inspect, just listened to the noise.) > As I mentioned in the first post, the transmission does function as it > should. > > I'm going to try your suggestions, starting with the ATF and filter change. > If it turns out to need replacing I may just have it rebuilt. > I have also been on the lookout for a used tranny, but seem to be hard to > find. > > Thanks for the response, > > Kirk, > > > > Hi Kirk, Since you're on that side of "the pond" you could call Eriksson Industries in Connecticut (US) as they are ZF experts who can supply parts - even a rebuilt transmission - and advice (if it comes to more than an oil and filter change). Their website is I live in the UK and bought a spring kit from them as their prices are good and they ship internationally. I believe Eriksson's supply with their rebuilt transmissions and so it's worth comparing both places for a fully delivered price if you end up going that route. You can probably get Lubegard locally or mail order from in the US. But yes, first have a look at the state of the oil, then replace the filter and change the oil (if it looked OK add some Lubegard now, if it was very dirty do a couple more oil changes first). Check to see if the old filter is clogged. There's a magnet down there in the cover that you remove to access the filter that will probably have some fine magnetic sludge on it, which is fairly normal - chunks of anything in that area is a potential cause for concern. Certainly use a new filter and o-rings and don't be tempted to try to reuse the old one - it's just not worth it! Good luck and let us know how it goes. Piers

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