A rebuild of the gearshift linkage on the 1996 Saab 900. The procedure
is performed on the old style linkage found on the 94-96 model years.
The linkage on my car grew very loose and caused a lot of free play in the
shifter. The ideal approach would have been to install a new linkage
of the updated design, but with the cost of the new part being $200 USD,
a free rebuild attempt seemed rather attractive. The rebuild proved
successful, resulting in a much tighter and more precise shifter feel.
To remove the linkage, first lock the transmission in fourth gear and undo
the clamp that connects the linkage to the gearshift rod as described in
the shifter alignment
- 13 mm socket;
- long socket extension;
- ratchet handle;
- torque wrench;
- two L-shaped 3 mm Allen keys;
- needle-nose pliers.