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Old 07-17-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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viggen clutch pedal fell to floor

My viggen clutch pedal just randomly went to the floor. The pedal now flips easily between out and in. It feels like the pedal is just totally disconnected - like a broken clutch cable, but 9-3's don't have those, right? Everything was working fine 30 seconds before this happened. Ideas?

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EDIT - if it is a connection at the top of the pedal assembly, is the brake pedal connected the same way? Seems a little worrisome.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:29 AM   #2
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This is a hydro unit, remove cap where brake fluid is poured in an make sure both side are full. One side supplies fluid to brakes, the other side to the slave. If not full fill her up and find out where fluid is coming out. If you don't see any fluid under car, etc then the master is probably leaking internally. If there is fluid then it's best to reverse bleed these systems from the top of the slave (nipple) back up to res.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:15 AM   #3
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This sounds exactly like when the master cylinder on my truck went out, was going down hill went to use the brakes cause the light turned red at the bottom, had brakes for about 3 seconds then POP right to the floor, no amount of pumping helped, I blew through that light and the next THANKFULLY without hitting anyone or anything and got it slowed enough with gearing till I could turn it off and coast to a stop in 1st gear. Check your fluid like mentioned but be ready to buy a new master for the clutch.
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thats why i perfer cable. doesnt have that messy hydro stuff
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thats why i perfer cable. doesnt have that messy hydro stuff
For every one saab hydro clutch that has an issue, there are 10 NGs that their cables snap.
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For every one saab hydro clutch that has an issue, there are 10 NGs that their cables snap.
And for every 10 that snapped 7 were on mine
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So my mechanic tells me the clutch slave cylinder just blew apart.... meaning a whole new clutch job since the slave is internal and dumped fluid all over the clutch, and I might as well replace stuff while in there.

So I guess today I'd rather have the older style cable to break. Oh well, the clutch probably was getting due.
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Slave

My vig clutch slave failed last fall. Figured out it was the slave 'cause when I put a small vise grip on the flexible part of the hydraulic clutch line (gently), the clutch pedal would not go down at all. Replaced the slave, rear main seal, PP and clutch plate. Parts were $453 from EEuroparts. Dropped the pan and checked for sludge/cleaned the screen. None found! Paid an indy to do all this, don't have the place or equipment to do it anymore. Good Luck!
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Old 07-20-2011, 08:34 AM   #9
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Yes in your position I would MUCH rather have the cable setup when the hydro does fail, but I want to be in your position when mine fails every 6 months haha. At least it only takes me 30-45 mins to change my cable now, keep a spare in the car all the time now and the tools I need, doesnt take much
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