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1998 saab 9000 clutch issues

When driving The clutch lost all resistance and will not change into any gear. I think I lost the slave cylindar but not sure. Any help?

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  • jim072 Mar 01, 2009

    it goes back up there is just nothing to it when you push it down

  • jim072 Mar 02, 2009

    yes there are I have clutch fluid leaking from above th gear box which is why I didn't know exactly if it was the cylander or not. The master cylander is located on the right hand side behind the clutch (european spec-right side drive car) but the gear box is behind the left front tire and thats where I can see the fluid.



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There is a pipe that carries fluid to the slave, it's a braided item and perishes over time, when you depress the clutch, you'll find this pipe expanding and taking the fluid, change this pipe and bleed the system and the clutch will be working fine.

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When you say you've lost resistance does the pedal stay to the floor or does it spring back up?

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  • stevieger Mar 01, 2009

    have you checked to see if there is any leaks present?

  • stevieger Mar 02, 2009

    if you look on the gearbox you should see another cylinder bolted onto gearbox usually located on front end or top end of gearbox once you find that you should see fluid coming from that area if not i ould look at the pipes going into cylinder as they could be holed or burst but i would certainly say its theslave cylinder hope this helps.



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