Saab is '92 9000S sedan
About a year ago I found myself out of town (200 miles from home) my clutch
pedal flat on the floor.we were on holiday. Not a Saab dealer in site. I had
the car towed to the nearest licensed mechanic who told me that either the
clutch master cylinder or its slave cylinder had faied and that if it were
the slave being inside the cluch housing that it was much more labor
intensive and therefore much, much more expensive.
I rented a car, got home and a day and a half later was told that yes indeed
it was the slave.
I authorized the repair and picked up the car three days later and became
He told me that as a matter of course he had replace the plate and the
bearing and machined the fly wheel leading me to believe that i had about
40k miles in which I would not have to think "clutch. About a year and 9k
miles later, I left on a straigth through trip of about 600 miles. It is all
limited access highway and I cruised non stop except once at 400 miles for
gas to the end of a toll road at about 500 miles out clutching down as I
approached the booths, my clutch pedal was on the floor. Doing some
undescribable contortions I pulled it up and surprisingly continued normally
to the end of my journey.
Evrything went normally for about a day of "suburban driving. And the,
leaving my hosts house one morning, the clutch was or went to the floor and
no presuasion would re-establish clutching so I had it towed to a repairer
who had done wok for me several years before who could find nothing wrong
but said that my clutch hydraulic fluid was low and he filled it and sent me
on my way. I would say about four oz. (125ml) of fluid leaked overnight onto
the road infront of my hosts. Perhaps an overfill I thought.
I drove home without further repair or incident..600 miles approx.
I drove around town a little. One day last week I was down town--much
braking, shifting and accelerating. Shifting became difficult and, very
surprisingly, My brakes begain to lose effect and the "BRAKE FLUID" light
came on. I made it home. I parked in my drive.
Next day thing seemed back to normal but after a short run the same effects
occurred and I made it home, just. An hour later. The clutch pedal went to
the floor and stayed there. I pulled it up and it went down with my foot and
My drive is on a slope therefore the gears were under pressure and I could
not shift anything.
I had the car towed.
The brakes failing reminded me of an occaision about two moths ago when the
car became difficult to shift and the "BRAKE FLUID" light went on. After
sitting for about a half an hour I re-started and all was normal.
I have learned that the Saab hydraulic system interconnects or shares fluid
with the clutch. This surprises me. (I am a mechanical engineer) but they
are better designes than I could hope to be.
My considered opinion is that it is not a cylider or a leak. But I cannot
even conjecture what it must be.
Please, please someone with knowledge of the Saab's hydraulics pleasehelp so
that I will not in ignorance permit my repairer to replace the entire
I really need help and need it ASAP. Thanks a whole lot.
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