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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:04 pm 
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hello,

My Saab 900 wouldn’t go into 5th or reverse. Had a look underneath and the gear linkage rubber joint is falling to pieces.

I have ordered a replacement from saabits.

Not done this before just seeing if anyone has any tips.

The plan is to stick the car in third.
Lock the gear box in third using a 4mm drill bit into the hole on the selector rod and the grove on the diff. (Haven’t identified this hole and grove yet but hope it’s there)
Lock the gear lever in third using a 6mm bit in the hole that’s in front of the gear lever housing inside the car.
Back under the car undo the 4 8mm bolt that hold the rubber joint to the gear linkage. Bolt in the new one.

Can I leave the pinch bolt on the selector rod alone?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Thanks for the order, Cochyn :)
I don't even bother to lock anything. As long as you just undo the 4 nuts on the rubber block, drop it out and fit the new one you should find that the alignment hasn't been disturbed since It only goes together one way. That means there's no need to disturb the pinch-bolt and definitely no need to tackle the right-old-PITA of the taper pin.

You've probably already figured out that it's best done from below.

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I've always found it better to stick in reverse to get the alignment right. That way the lift gate is already lifted and the gearstick in the correct position for reverse. Every time ive done it through locking in 4th or 3rd ive had trouble getting reverse.

But if youd need to loosen the pinch bolts then its not so bad. Its only if the gearlever can move out of alignment to the box that you get problems.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:31 am 
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I've never had any alignment problems when simply replacing the rubber block. As long as you don't touch the pinch-bolt you won't lose alignment. There isn't enough play in the fixing holes to allow a significant change in alignment, as far as I can see. I can't remember whether you would need to unlock one end anyway in order to get clearance to remove the old block and fit the new one.

Once you've done the job for the first time you'll see how simple it actually is.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:09 pm 
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Thanks Bill and beardydave. It does sound simple and I’m relieved that I don’t have to mess around with alignment, taper pins or pinch bolts The gear change has not been great since I bought the car 4 years ago so fingers crossed, the new component will make a big difference.

I let you know how I get on.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 am 
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UPDATE

Anyone attempting this in future can be reassured that it is a really simple job, which is a good thing because I’ll be doing it again on Friday afternoon.

Little tip, don’t overtighten the bolts because they might snap.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:53 pm 
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Doh! I wondered why you had ordered another one today.

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