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No reverse gear, makes clacking noise when going forward

Ok, i did it, i broke it.... wasnt paying attention to the car, watching the baby. ok, i have a 97 saab, manual, 900s. i was at a stop getting ready to park the car. looked back at the baby and wasnt paying attention. to get the key outta the ignition this car has to be put into reverse. well with the car still running i put it in reverse, without pushing the clutch in. of course this made the car jump and die. i figured i just stalled it out.
now it doesnt have reverse, and when going forward there is a clacking sound that is consistant with what ever speed your going. and when your stopped, when you release the clutch in nuetral you can still hear some consistant and wierd noises.
how bad did i kill it? does anybody have a clue what i broke?

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  • tabithabinne Apr 13, 2009

    does that cost money? i have a feeling im gonna be really broke after fixing this car, lol. i dont know how to use the im on this thing

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    suggest u use Live Chat for quicker response, question is to long to get a real quick answer on the free forum.

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Obvious transmission damage. More than $1000. Possibly get a used transmission for $700-$1400, about $300-$700 To install it. Really unfortunate, my heart goes out to ya.

And when they replace the tranny, have them fix the reverse interlock to prevent this in the future...

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