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Old 03-24-2015, 06:47 AM   #1
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Auto box slipping?

Hi all. I've been trawling through the site and have found lots of useful information that has helped me with my recent Saab purchase. I've been looking through for help with my most recent issue but cant find anything that quite matches it so thought it was about time i joined up, said hello and asked for help! So....Hello...and...HELP! I bought a 2003 9-5 Vector TiD automatic with 103k on a few months back. Recently, it has developed a bit of an issue which i will try my best to explain. So under a certain amount of acceleration, maybe about half open throttle, it felt like the gearbox was thinking about downshifting, then up-shifting, or hunting for a gear. It would then make a noise which can best be described as "squirreling" (sorry, best description i can think of!) as it slipped between gears. It then goes into limp home mode. But this isn't a permanent thing, it goes in and out of limp home mode, maybe about 3 or 4 times on an average hour long drive home. I don't think it is slipping per se as when it isn't in limp home mode, i can floor the accelerator and it changes down and gives instant power as i would expect, no free revving or anything i would expect from a slipping clutch. When i bought it, the ATF was a bit on the dark side so had this flushed and changed at a Saab specialist. When i pull the ATF dipstick it is still a decent redish colour and it doesnt smell burnt or anything. Also, the CEL is on, although im not sure what it is as i bought a cheap ODB II reader from Amazon and it doesn't read it, so need to go back to the Saab specialist to get him to plug his tech II reader in. Currently my car spends about 90% of its time in limp home mode and it is really bugging me! I'm hoping there will be an easy fix, and will be getting booked into the Saab specialist soon, but was hoping someone else might know what the issue is as they have experienced similar before i make the 100 mile round trip to the garage. Any advice would be hugely appreciated!
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:43 PM   #2
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If the problem started after the fluid change, I would suspect that they might have used the wrong fluid.
It should have the 3309 fluid.
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