Manual gear shifter housing removal installation on 1994-1998 Saab 900 and 1999-2002 Saab 9-3. I removed the housing to fit a short shifter.

The installation is the reverse of removal. The shifter alignment procedure must be performed after re-installation.

Tools:

  • 13 mm socket: linkage clamp;
  • 10 mm socket: centre console and shifter housing;
  • long socket extension;
  • ratchet handle;
  • Torx T25 screwdriver;
  • L-shaped 3 mm Allen key: gearbox lock.
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Passenger side

Undo the screws and remove the footwell panel on the passenger side.
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Driver side

Remove the footwell panel on the driver side - two more Torx screws.
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ACC and switches

Push the climate control panel and switches out from behind. Disconnect the wires.
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Tabs

Release the tabs by pressing on the locking pin in the centre, and pull them out.
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Ash tray

Remove the ash tray in the back of the console and unscrew a Torx screw in the middle.
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Nuts

Undo two 10 mm nuts holding the console to the floor.
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Switches

Pop the window switch block, disconnect the harness and move it away.
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Ignition cover

Gently pry out the cover over the ignition lock. The 9-3 has a small circuit in it. Pop the big cover.
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Ignition cover

Undo the screws holding the console to the gearshift housing.
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Light switch

Pop the light switch and disconnect its wires.
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Console removed

List the rear half of the console, then the front half. Remove the air duct.
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4th gear

Insert the key and move the shifter into 4th gear.
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Gearbox lock

Under the hood, pull the plug out of the gearbox locking hole and insert a long 3 mm Allen key to lock the transmission in 4th gear.
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Linkage nut

Slacken the 13 mm nut on the linkage rod and move the shifter into 3rd gear position to pull the rod out of the linkage.
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Housing bolts

Undo the four 10 mm bolts holding the housing to the floor.
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Ignition harness

Turn the housing onto its side and disconnect the ignition harness.
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Removed

Remove the housing from the car.
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Shifter housing

The gearshift housing on the ground.

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