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Old 04-28-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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2001 9-5 Auto Transmission and Real bad noise in Right Front Suspension

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Automatic transmission has started to slip, I think,coincidentally after I tuned my car, first occured at very high speed and high load, 100+mph, now it's happening anywherre between 40 and 60 MPH when I accelerate. I tested it today and it starts jumping a little bit almost as if TCS is kicking in but it isn't and then I hear a clicking noise coming from the transmission. I'm not stomping on it but just accelerating to say, merge onto the highway. Just really started happening as the temp got warmer? Would that have an effect? I figured the tranmissions teeth would be larger due to thermal expansion and grab better?

Also loud noise coming from what I think is the sway bar on the right front side. I believe that the bushing is shot and sway bar is bouncing against the metal ring it sits in. Anyone else ever had this problem? I can't reproduce the noise with the car jacked up in the air though, even when moving it up and down with a crowbar.

For the Transmission
Check the fluid, if bad flush it...
Add that transmission fix stuff...

What else can you guys suggest? Anyone intimately familiar with this model year transmission or the previous model year? Has anyone had to replace one?

For the Suspension
Has anyone else had this or a similiar problem? It's definetly suspension related as it happens only when riding over bumped. It's not a grinding but more of a metallic thud.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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Do you beat on your car alot? That will eventually take its toll on the transmission, especially the autos if your car is tuned. However, many of these symptoms can be fixed by a flush and fresh tranny fluid so I think that would be my first option on the list. Make sure you have Saab tranny fluid in there, that could cause issues as well if its another brand.
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Do you beat on your car alot? That will eventually take its toll on the transmission, especially the autos if your car is tuned. However, many of these symptoms can be fixed by a flush and fresh tranny fluid so I think that would be my first option on the list. Make sure you have Saab tranny fluid in there, that could cause issues as well if its another brand.
I use the car, it's my daily driver but I have never beat the hell out of it.

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I let the car and tranmission cool down for about 5 hours and then drove it, I couldn't get it to slip at all even if I tried. When the transmission slipped earlier today it was hot. Would this help anyone diagnose a problem?
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Check out the front sway bar links. They can create some noise/rattle issues, and are a pretty cheap fix.
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Check out the front sway bar links. They can create some noise/rattle issues, and are a pretty cheap fix.
Replaced both links on both sides of the car, Drivers side in February and Passengers side about 4 weeks ago, I thought the same thing but unfortunately it did not fix my problem

I think it might be these:

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On the tranny front, I dont think there is anything wrong with it... When I do pulls in second and some of third, the torque converter doesnt lock so its going to go to a stall point where the tranny computer finds it optimally for the amount of throttle input and load...

I would seriously just change the fluid to be honest, its not expensive and oil fluid can cause a bunch of issues.
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