DIY CLUTCH - Introduction
Before starting this job, you want to make sure you have the one special tool that makes this much easier.
This tool keeps the pressure plate compressed so you can pull it out. You should be able to buy it from most of the online SAAB parts stores.
There are two styles of the same basic tool. One is basically a smaller ring than the other. I believe there are two styles of pressure plates out there.
I have used the larger ring with the smaller pressure plate with no problems.
If you do not have this special tool then you will need some other tool for this. Other people have used thick wire, but I have never had much luck with this.
Others suggest using taped nickles or pennies, but I don't know how you would keep them in place while installing all of them.
Another special tool you will see is the Rear Main Crankshaft seal tool. This is very hard to find, but performs the job extremely well.
If you see this on Ebay, you should snatch it up very quickly!
I borrowed the tool from my friendly local indy mechanic.
If you don't have this tool, then you will have to do it the old fashion way with a wood board and a hammer.
Changing the clutch is a straight forward procedure and there really aren't many traps. Rust is usually not a big worry since all of the parts are covered by the shield.