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After much internal debate about my clutch release issue, I finally decided to pull the engine and have a look to see if the washer shim solution would work. Turns out at least part of the issue is that a retaining spring for one of the three release forks was bent and twisted out of shape and the release plate was indeed too far recessed. Rather than try to bend the spring back to a workable shape, I decided to pull the trigger on a reconditioned clutch plate I found on eBay. It should be here Thursday; I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime though, I’m even more torqued off at the Tampa-area SAAB “experts” who installed the clutch in the first place. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, this was my dad’s car until his death in February when i inherited her. I’m pretty sure the spring was bent when they replaced the clutch a couple of years ago, but in pulling the engine out I also discovered that two of the six bolts holding the engine to the trans were GONE! Not loose, gone. The fact that these guys let that car roll out of their garage like that with my dad behind the wheel is galling enough, but they charged him for it! And trust me, they are not cheap.
Bottom line is this: do NOT take someone’s word for it that they know SAABs, or that they have any idea how to work on the vintage ones. It’s hard to say no when they have a bunch of 900s and 9-5s in their shop, but at least in this case they did some things that were not only incompetent but potentially dangerous.
Here’s a pic of the engine on a hook, and you can see the bent spring if you look carefully. I’ll take a closer-up picture later today. The other thing I learned in this process is that pulling the engine is relatively painless. I hope it’s as easy getting it back in. Cheers!
&amp;quot;The sky's the limit, this time I'm switching to glide.&amp;quot;
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