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AUTO TRANSMISSION SERVICE 900 up to 94
KICK DOWN CABLE ADJUSTMENT
Only the earliest trans used the spacer as called for in the instructions from "thesaabsite". If you have a Turbo car and the trans serial number is 001-1700 or lower, or if your non-turbo trans has serial number 002-2800 or lower, then use a 1/4-inch (6.4 mm) spacer. Tighten the adjuster stud to 11 inch-pounds (one foot-pound is close enough), then back it off one turn. While preventing stud from turning, tighten its locknut.
Many of these older trans were upgraded by Borg-Warner, and will have a number beginning with the letters RS. For these, and for ALL OTHER trans with serial numbers greater than quoted above, the adjustment procedure is this:
Use a spacer of 8.9 mm thickness. Tighten adjuster stud to 11 inch-pounds (for all practical purposes, one foot-pound) and DO NOT back it off. Tighten its locknut.
Some practical advice from my own experience:
(1) Make your spacer from a cut-down bolt (or other stock) from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch in diameter. Hacksaw and file it to the correct thickness. Try to get it as precise as possible, but a 10% error is acceptable.
(2) Measuring one foot-pound takes either a micro-torque wrench or a torque screwdriver: Both are hard to find and expensive. (I nailed a torque screwdriver on eBay a year ago for $20, but this was a fluke. And...I had already done my band adjustment by feel, as described below.)
Here's an approximation if you don't have the torque-measuring tool: For the early trans, finger-tighten the adjuster stud then give it a 1/2-turn with a wrench. For the later trans, again finger-tighten the stud but give it 1 and 1/2 turns with the wrench.
Now change the fluid and filter, and cruise on for at least another 100k miles...
Drain seal 4118527 $2
Front pan gasket 9335423 (Saab has an updated the gaskets with metal ones that are green (if yours is paper then they are old style). The pans have been redesigned to include torque bands to even the load on the gaskets. There is a front and rear pan kit. If you have to buy new pans, these are what you will get.
Filter 7544125 Click here for filter pricing!
Final drive seal 8717415 $3
ATF Type F 4 quarts just to fill once after draining, 12 quarts to do the multiple changes to flush the converter. About $2 a quart. Use a name brand fluid
LocTite 518 one tube $15
BrakeClean 2 cans $3 each
FOR THE FINAL DRIVE "DIFFERENTIAL SECTION" THE FLUID TYPE IS DETERMINED BY YEAR AND WHAT HAS BEEN USED IN THE PAST.
Gear Lube 75w90 $5 quart 3 required to be safe. Use a name brand fluid here.
Engine Oil 10w30 $3 quart 3 required to be safe. use a name brand oil here.