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Hi guys - my first post to the forum after owning my 9-5 Aero for a few days.

Anyway - you may be able to help me.

My Aero was driven really hard for 5 minutes yesterday.

I mean really hard!

When I got back in it I noticed straight away that it was very rough.

It felt like driving on gravel.

I can now feel much more vibration through the clutch pedal.

When I accelerate it feels alot more mechanical - rather than smooth.

When I'm in 4th or 5th and accelerate gently - I can now hear a whiring noise from the front left of the car.

Any ideas? I know the car felt really smooth and no strange noises before the session - but now it's not the same.:(

Sorry that my first post isn't a happy one.

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Dan

2000 9-5 Aero
 

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When you say its rough, what do you mean? The engine sounds different? There's more mechanical (non engine) noise? Does the clutch judder on lift off, is there any bite? When you say a whirring sound from the front left are you inside the car? If yes thats the gearbox area, you could have cooked your clutch, or even stripped a gear. Has the car had a clutch fitted in its 5 years on the road do you know? Sorry to hear of your problems Dan but welcome to SaabCentral. :(
 

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Based on the location of the noise I'd say it's gearbox related. Either you blew the clutch, hopely, or you totally fubbared the gearbox.
 
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I cant believe that a 5 min hack at full tilt is gonna harm an aero. I havnt trashed mine yet and I dont hang around. Maybe the car had an exsisting problem that you have now bought into. Do you have a warranty ??
 

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Robin Hood you are in the perfect location for some top quality advice, give Wessy the magician a ring at www.nottinghamsaab.co.uk ;)
 

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Thanks for the QUICK response guys!

Thanks for giving so many comments in such a short time!

With my previous car - an Alfa 164 we had a great forum like this!

Anyway, I tend to think it's the clutch myself - I think it's pretty difficult to damage the aero whist accelerating - but you can go over the top with the engine breaking - maybe that caused the damage.

I just took it to an independent specialist in Nottingham - I have to wait till the manager returns - he's the "expert" - but he mentioned someting like it may be "spots on the flywheel from over heating" - something like that?

I've arranged with the SAAB dealer to take it in on Friday for their mechanic to have a look at it.

Anyway guys - I will update you.

Thanks

Dan
 

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RobinHood said:
Anyway guys - I will update you.

Thanks

Dan
Good luck Dan ;)
 

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Hi Robin~!

I do hope that notthing from above mentioned did not happend to your Aero.
I have one and my experience says that your observations are describing the damaged engine mountings.
I think on front left & right one. The rear one on the G/Box isnot so easy to damage.
 

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RobinHood said:
Thanks for giving so many comments in such a short time!

With my previous car - an Alfa 164 we had a great forum like this!

Anyway, I tend to think it's the clutch myself - I think it's pretty difficult to damage the aero whist accelerating - but you can go over the top with the engine breaking - maybe that caused the damage.

I just took it to an independent specialist in Nottingham - I have to wait till the manager returns - he's the "expert" - but he mentioned someting like it may be "spots on the flywheel from over heating" - something like that?

I've arranged with the SAAB dealer to take it in on Friday for their mechanic to have a look at it.

Anyway guys - I will update you.


Thanks

Dan

Robin Hood, Hope the expert solves the problem and its not too serious.

Note - i was also on that 164 forum, but i now treat my :x ness by visiting this one:roll:
 

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I get that noise in my Aero. It's bugging the hell out of me!!!
I don't mean to scare you but I got that noise from my Aero until about 2 weeks ago when my transmission blew up :(

It's a 2001 with only just over 50k miles on it... Just out of warranty. I complained to SAAB customer service, but they decided not to cover me :evil:

It's costing me $3150 to fit a refurbished transmission at my local 3rd party SAAB specialist :(

The tech said he'd only seen this once before, and that time it was become someone burnt out too much in the car, heated up the differential enough so it siezed and the car was running essentially with a locked differential. After enough driving the stresses from the locked differential just blew the differential into tiny bits, taking most of the transmission with it :(

I'm wondering if this is what happened to my car. I've only peeled out once or twice, but I definitely have spun my wheels in the snow a lot when I've been stuck. :evil:

The tech said he'd be able to tell when he opened it up... When I find out from him, I'll let you all know.
 

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Perhaps your tranny was low on oil? :confused: Since it blew itself to bits we'll never really know. You need to post some pics of that just for fun.
 

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Perhaps your tranny was low on oil? :confused: Since it blew itself to bits we'll never really know. You need to post some pics of that just for fun.
Hmm Well I had the fluid in the tranny completely replaced about a half a year ago, but if it did sieze up due to lack of oil, the tech should probably be able to tell by the color of the transmission internals.. I understand they get burned and colored when that happens...

As I said.. I don't have the details yet, so it's essentailly all speculation at this point, but I should know early next week. I'll let you all know...
 

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RobinHood said:
When I'm in 4th or 5th and accelerate gently - I can now hear a whiring noise from the front left of the car.
If the sound's pitch varies with vehicle speed, irrespective of engine speed or clutch engagement, then that's your pinion bearing.

Ignore it until it gets worse, then fix it promptly.

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