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Old 12-24-2020, 06:11 PM   #1
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2009 9-3 XWD clutch problem

I am looking at a 2009 9-3 XWD for possible purchase. The car has a problem that I believe is related to the clutch. It is very difficult to move the shift lever into 1st or 2nd while the car is at rest. I also noted that the clutch grabs very low...about an inch or less from the floor. Also, when the car comes to a stop, and you step on the clutch, when the shift lever is moved to neutral, it comes out of gear with resistance, as if it were being released while under load.

So all this seems to me like a clutch that isn't fully disengaging when the pedal is depressed.

As I understand it, the clutch slave is inside of the transmission, so a repair is somewhat involved. It would be foolish not to replace the clutch at the same time as the slave is repaired. Very broadly speaking, what kind of money can be involved with clutch replacement on this vehicle ?

Please comment if you feel that my diagnosis is faulty. The car is pristine otherwise, so I think it's worth an investment. I'd just like to know how deep the water might be before jumping in.
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Old 12-30-2020, 05:22 PM   #2
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It's worth trying to bleed the clutch line first. Probably not it, but a lot cheaper / less work than jumping straight into pulling the transmission.
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Old 12-30-2020, 06:03 PM   #3
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Bleeding clutch and brakes on SAAB isn't as simple as bleeding a holden however I typically disconnet the line from the master cylinde and allow fluid to drain from a hand held pressure container down and through the slave cylinder first, then shut it off and bleed the slave cylinder. You can use ahand-powered bleeded o9n the fliud container but take it easy. When bleeding clutch or brakes don't pump like crazy...that makes it more difficult...pump slowly and let off slowly...and every say 3 pumps bleed air. Make sure the valve is closed and don't tighten it so much it breaks off. I don't know where you are but say $900-1300 should do including the kit and rear oil seal and clutch refacing...depends on where you go. I found SAAB genuine clutch kit cheaper then after market. Don't just jump at the after market sets.

That said you clutch is clearly either kaput or (as jerrit indicated) has air in the line...which could still indicate wear in master or slave cylinder. With SAAB don't fall for the 'we have to pull the motor to get the gearbox out" stuff...it slides out with the suspension out of the way...
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