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Old 3rd September 2010
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Default Clutch screwed (clutch pedal dropped to floor and stayed there)

I bought a used 2006 9-3 SC from the local SAAB dealer last week. The owner said they had put in a new clutch. Today, driving home, the frickin' clutch gave in and the pedal stuck to the floor and I couldn't change gears. The car was otherwise running fine.

I had the tow truck tow it to the dealer and am awaiting word from them.

I don't know anything mechanic. What does it mean when the clutch stick to the floor and you can't change gears?

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I dont the know the exact answer but to me it sounds like the Clutch spring that pushes the clutch back out might have came lose. Alot of ppl have this happen to them. Everyone that had that problem found the spring on the floor near the pedals. Im sure someone that had that problem will say something to confirm this.
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But wouldn't the clutch be in working position then? I wasn't able to change gears.
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Something to do with Clutch Slave cylinder would be my guess, this allows you to engage and disengage the clutch. Sounds like something happened to make it lose pressure.
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The owner said they had put in a new clutch. Today, driving home, the frickin' clutch gave in and the pedal stuck to the floor and I couldn't change gears.
This happened to me once. The problem was the diaphragm fingers bent and the throwout bearing pushed through. The car was stuck in 3rd gear until I replaced the clutch disc, pressure plate, and throwout bearing. What I found was the previous owner had installed the wrong size throwout bearing (slightly smaller diameter) for the particular model year needed.

I still quite vividly recall my drive home on the Schuylkill Expressway and Lincoln Drive stuck in 3rd gear. I made it without stopping once or stalling. I lived in a gated community and waved frantically at the guard to raise the gate as I came rumbling through, praying no one was between me and the outermost areas of the parking lot, where the car stayed until I changed the clutch.

The take home message is to check your part numbers very carefully when doing this kind of work. And compare the old parts to the new before trusting what it says on the box.

Since the previous owner replaced the clutch, you don't know if he picked up any used parts to save money. This raises possibilities of confusing parts from the older 93 with the new. Some of those parts may "fit" our cars, but not exactly "work."
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Sorry to hear that. I was so excited buying this car....being a previous owner of the older 9-3. However, when I got towed, the towing guy said he had heard the SAAB dealership here cuts corners. :-( I still haven't heard from them so I don't know what the problem is or when it will be fixed. I better find myself another mechanic in the meantime.
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You might have to bleed you clutch line
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My problem occurred on a straight mechanical clutch. With a hydraulic clutch there are other possibilities such as loss of fluid. Also the linkage may not have been properly reconnected when the clutch was replaced, and now you are unlinked.
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Can you shift if that happens? As in jog starting the car in say second and then shifting with subtle pressure and rpm changes?
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I renamed this thread for clarity, and eagerly await more information. Can't recall a "pedal to the floor" clutch thread for this car.
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I picked up my car today. It turns out it was the clutch master cylinder that was broken. Strange because it happened to the same car (different owner) almost one year ago. Is that common? What would cause it to break?

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