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04.04.2005: Ready to go
Put the boot on and install the linkage back on the car. Tighten the bolt on the transmission rod to 15.5 ft-lbs. Re-insert the shifter rod into the the linkage at the firewall and complete the alignment procedure.

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 procedure.


  • 13 mm socket;
  • long socket extension;
  • ratchet handle;
  • torque wrench;
  • two L-shaped 3 mm Allen keys;
  • needle-nose pliers.


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