Replacing the Saab 9000 automatic transmission fluid
The automatic transmission fitted to automatic Saab 9000 models
Naturally, this will vary with both the individual and what they find when they get there. However, this took me about two hours. This was my first time and I imagine I could do it again in less time, barring any unforseen holdups and given the use of a longer socket extension (see below). I won't be spending time taking notes and photographs, either (well, maybe some photographs, as I'm sure I could improve on those shown here).
I assume some basic tools, such as a jack, axle stands, socket set, etc. However I do not assume you will already have all the necessary metric socket and spanner sizes, especially if you are in the USA. Here is a list so you can make sure you have all the necessary sizes before you start.
1. Remove the cover by undoing the 3 screws.
o Fluid runs out.
2. Extract the fluid strainer.
o Use pliers if necessary.
3. Install a new O-ring to the fluid strainer and insert it.
o Apply Vaseline in the magnet recess and install the magnet in the
1. Raise and support vehicle.
Fluid level checks and fluid changes are essential. When doing this, proceed as follows:
* The Vehicle Should Be On Level Ground;
If there is insufficient fluid, there is a chance of the pump sucking air instead of fluid, so that the required clutch pressure cannot be generated, causing the clutches to slip and be damaged.
If there is too much fluid, rotating parts are dipped in the fluid, leading to the build up of foam. This causes the same damage as insufficient fluid In addition, the foaming fluid expands and may flow out through the vent in the transmission. When the fluid then cools after a long period without operation, the fluid level may be too low.
* The prescribed fluid change intervals must be followed without exception
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