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I recently bought a 1997 900 SE turbo, both the gas pedal and the clutch feel quite heavy. I'm not sure what normal feels like for this vehicle. My wife drives a Ford Escort and when I drive her car now the pedals feel like toys. I really have to push on mine by comparison, is this normal? Clutch engages fine and there doesn't seem to be any slippage, it's just pretty heavy.
Also, should I be able to hear my turbo? The guage on the dash seems to be working and power seems pretty good, but I don't hear that typical turbo whine. Is this normal? Thanx for any help in advance...:D
 

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Welcome to the forums ! Yes, the clutch is pretty heavy in this car. I think I built a nice calf muscle because of it. As for the gas peddle, I am not sure. It seems to be a pretty normal feel for me. The only thing I really noticed when I first drove the car was the clutch. As for turbo whine, it is very minimal. In a stock car, you may usually only hear it while going up a hill or when pushing it hard.
 

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Gentlemen, we must break out our little dynamometers and do some measuring.
The dyno is little more than a fish scale, but for the pedals, must be a push type.
The breaking point must be avoided at all costs.. And light or heavy are such relative terms..
When a device or system is maladjusted or suffering from corrosion, the nexy step is "snap !!":nono;
Broken clutch cables seem to be frequent, occur too often..

Some vehicles do have light controls, but they must not be too light ( that toy feel).. which a Ford Escort or a VW Golf can get away with..
Saab cannot..
 

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I recently bought a 1997 900 SE turbo, both the gas pedal and the clutch feel quite heavy. I'm not sure what normal feels like for this vehicle. My wife drives a Ford Escort and when I drive her car now the pedals feel like toys. I really have to push on mine by comparison, is this normal? Clutch engages fine and there doesn't seem to be any slippage, it's just pretty heavy.
Also, should I be able to hear my turbo? The guage on the dash seems to be working and power seems pretty good, but I don't hear that typical turbo whine. Is this normal? Thanx for any help in advance...:D
my cluch is kinda stiff, after it was replaced it was a ligter feel, my gas has a slight push back to it not bad. as for the turbo, open intake filter, or drop in k&n and removing the turbo silencer will yeild you good results for what i her, (i cant tell you from experiance due to the fact that i dont own the turbo model)
 

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yup mine is stiff too. Im used to it now. I was driving an 85 civic before and man was it easy compared to my saab. i was all "wtf" when i took it for a test drive. stalled all the time.
 

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Heavy clutch pedal causes:

Binding cable
Binding anctuator arm
Release bearing binding to slide shaft
Failing clutch assembly

or a combination of the first three that will result, if ignored, in the 4th one happening.

Heavy accelerator pedal:

Throttle body filthy
linkages stiff and in need of lubrication
Binding throttle plate bearings
Faulty cable.

Most of the above is more service/maintenance but if the cables on either are faulty just change them.
 

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Man I love the saab clutch pedal, on my previous car (1994 s10, 196k) I had to wail on it with my left foot. It probably needs a new clutch but since it has been promoted to solely yard work and unloading scrap metal, there doesn't seem to be a need.
 

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First, Welcome aboard and where's the pictures? :cheesy:
When I bought my 900 last year I thought the same thing about the clutch. Coming from a Volvo with a hydraulic clutch the SAAB felt extremely heavy. I got used to it though. You will too.
I've removed my turbo silencer and have the K&N filter installed. The turbo noise is still minimal. All I hear in a slight whistle.
 

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Thanx for the info everybody, It sounds like my clutch is fine, I will check the throttle body etc for lube etc.;)
 
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