Re: Is my clutch slipping? '73 96 V4 - Saab Vintage Models Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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It does sound like slipping. I've seen it first appear when accelerating up a hill in 2nd or 3rd gear.
There are two paths for oil to soak the clutch- from a leaking engine rear main seal or from a leaking gearbox main shaft seal.
Starting with an adjustment is a good idea. One question to ask is "exactly where in the pedal travel does the clutch engage?" It should be in the middle of travel, not near the floor or near the top.
My very first car back in high school was a '69 96 that I got for free, starting me on my VSaab journey. One time, my Mom borrowed it because our family car was down and she in NO WAY was going to drive our truck- she called it a "dump truck". In fact it was a 1964 Jeep J200. The only dumping capability was a tendency to leave a trail of broken parts on the road... So she went to town to get groceries in my 96, about 6 miles round trip. She was a notoriously bad driver, with a top speed of 30 mph which greatly frustrated the long line of cars growing behind her. She would sputter and cuss at them as she eyed them in the rear view mirror, weaving back and forth so that no one dared pass her. We always had standards, and she rarely got out of second gear. When I drove the 96 later that night after her grocery trip, the clutch immediately began slipping when I hit second. I learned two things from that incident:
1) How to change a VSaab clutch
2) She constantly rode the clutch with her left foot. Her explanation was that it was for safety, as you could never predict what those other cussed fools on the highway were going to do.
eric in vermont
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