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Pictures forthcoming.

Yes a running Saab for two bills. A 450-mile round trip, a jack knifed pick up truck and car dolly, new bumper for truck later, my daily driver was finally here.

I knew going into this, reverse popped out and my axles were a bit crunchy, and a bit of rust was evident on the wheel arches and the rear corner panel below the vent.

An oil seal later, the car was running like a champ averaging in the high 20s on my daily runs to work and about town when all of a sudden after going from reverse to neutral -- nothing frozen stick, I mean it was unmovable.

So immediately I'm thinking the worse. I went through a clutch in my 89 so I'm thinking worse comes to I take the practically brand new clutch from the ole girl and swap her in. Nope clutch was engaging, stick still frozen. I tried in vain to gingerly work her free, but I was timid about breaking linkage or that nylon band thingie my Saab mechanic once told me about.

Well after using my new AAA plus towing for the first time and an hour or so of work by my genius saab specialist, all was well again!

What was this horrible ill that fell my black beauty?

According to Jerry Sweet, he says that old gearboxes like mine tend to get crusted up with old old and gunk at the brass bushing near where the selector rod enters the transmissions. Usually they can be worked free with some persausion. Not in my case. He siphoned all the old oil out of my gearbox, no metal chunks came out. He then replaced it with synthetic gear oil and some teflon additve and worked through gears. Everything shifted as intended and a road test later all seemed well. Worked through the gears more and now it shifts like butter. I mean it is slippery, like a new tranny! So far so good.

Thought I would share since I hadn't heard of this affliction before. Glad my daily driver is back up and running again!
 

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It almost sounds like it was in the reverse lock position. I know if I leave mine in reverse and remove the key I have a hell of a time getting it out of reverse.:D
 

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Glad yer back in the race. I've never heard of such a thing. To me a 91 trans is "newer":roll: . Recently I had a roll pin fall out of a shift-fork leaving the trans in neutral limbo, but the shifter behaved quite differently. I guess I'll file this one away in the memory banks, and hope I can find it someday.
 
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