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Clutch Hydraulics Question- a bit long

Posted by eric in vermont [Email] (#2058) [Profile/Gallery] (more from eric in vermont) on Wed, 15 May 2019 09:52:24 Share Post by Email
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After decades of the older vintage Saabs (I currently have 5, from '64 to '74) I bought a '93 900 turbo convertible a couple weeks ago. We had a couple of early to mid-80's 900's back in the day, and my wife always wanted a classic 900 convertible. So she finally got her wish!

120k miles on it and seems to be well taken care of, with most everything working. It's solid, with no rattles, good power and no smoke. The local owner drove it maybe 300 miles in the last 3 years, so decided to sell.

My wife is thrilled and has put about 500 miles on it so far, driving it everyday. This morning around 7 I got a frantic call from her "I'm in the middle of the road blocking traffic and I can't get it in gear!"

I tried to talk her down, but she was in panic mode, so I jumped in my '74 Sonett and went to the rescue, 5 miles away. By the time I got there, someone had pushed the car to the side of the road, and she was laughing. Whew.

So I jumped in, and immediately noticed the clutch pedal was a little weak. I put the car in 1st, started it up. When I let the clutch out, it engaged maybe an inch from the floor. I pumped it a couple of times and it got better. I drove the 100 yards to our house and popped the hood. Fluid was down a bit, looking pretty dark, but not empty. No leaks that I could see- nothing inside from the master, nothing underneath from the slave or the line. So back to work.

I went home at lunch and pumped the clutch about 25 times- it seemed okay and still no leaks. I checked the maintenance history that came with the car and saw the clutch master was replaced around 75k due to "hard shifting". Then at 90k the clutch, PP, THB, master and slave were all replaced as a package- that was 2012. No idea if genuine or aftermarket parts were used.

One other item- about half the time, when the car is started, the ABS and brake light come on for a couple of minutes and then go out. I know the brakes and clutch share a common reservoir.

What is the recommendation at this point?

A. Drive it until it really breaks?
B. Pull off the turbo piping and the clutch cover and see how the slave looks?
C. Pull off the knee bolster and see what the master is doing for a living?
D. Order parts and replace the master, slave, and connection pipe and be done with it? (seems like Rock Auto has it all for under $200, which is much better than EEuro)
E. Sell it quick and go back to those antique two strokes and V4s?

Thanks very much for advice!

eric in vermont

PS- I think it was a year or two ago when a local person tried to sell me a turbo 900 SPG and I asked this forum for advice. I ended up not buying it, a local Saab guy did, and he immediately put it on Bring A Trailer.

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