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  • Frank
    Frank - 2002 Saab 9-5 - Brakes - 9/3/2014
    Changed rear brakes and rotor. took tension off the parking brk to get the rotor off. after re install rotor
    I find there is no way to adjust the shoes on the Parking brake from the rear of the assembly. I now have no parking brake friction. How do I adjust?
     
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  • Kris Lawrence
    Kris Lawrence - 1999 Saab 9-3 - Brakes - 3/19/2014
    Is there anyway to fix on your own an ABS light. As a newer mechanic so no means of involving a dealership?
    My ABS light came on randomly keep in mind there wasn't any unusual happenings that would make it turn on that I know of. Anyways since then my brakes haven't seemed to have changes since the light turned on. So I'd appreciate some advise. Maybe a sensor?
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2014 Jimm
      Possibly the ABS ring, faulty sensor, faulty sensor wire or connection - any of these may cause the light to come on.
      Typically, the ABS system fault codes may be read (scanned) to determine the specific fault or component for the repair. This would be the first step - have the ABS system fault codes read - for free - at any local auto parts store, or at an independent repair shop that has an ABS system diagnostic scan tool.

      Post the reply with the scan results for further assistance.
  • tom
    tom - 2006 Saab 9-3 - Brakes - 5/18/2013
    Just chnaged rotors and pads on front and now pedal is soft
    pistons were not opened or any air introduced
     
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Sometimes, with the newer and thicker disc pads installation - the brake fluid is pushed out of the master cylinder - often to the extent that air may have entered the master cylinder. Try - as a first step to bleed the front brake calipers - to see if any air is trapped or exits the brake line when the pedal pressure is applied and the bleeder screw is slightly cracked open.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps and details to bleed the brakes.
  • tom
    tom - 2006 Saab 9-3 - Brakes - 5/18/2013
    Just changed rotors and pads on front and pedal is soft
    pistons not opened or any air introduced as we know
     
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Sometimes, with the newer and thicker disc pads installation - the brake fluid is pushed out of the master cylinder - often to the extent that air may have entered the master cylinder. Try - as a first step to bleed the front brake calipers - to see if any air is trapped or exits the brake line when the pedal pressure is applied and the bleeder screw is slightly cracked open.

      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps and details to bleed the brakes.
  • kcandler
     
    • Jimm
      4/28/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - are the front or rear brakes locking up? At any rate, check the following as possibilities; dirty / contaminated brake fluid (causing the caliper piston to sieze), collapsed flexible brake hose (on one or more brake calipers) - remember to change these hoses in pairs.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the flexible brake hose from around $4.20 each for your vehicle.
  • Rafiqph
     
  • bmosley
    bmosley - 1999 Saab 9-5 - Brakes - 1/8/2013
    How to change brakes on 1999 Saab 9-5
     
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      Jack up the front of the Saab 900 with a floor jack positioned under the front jack point behind the radiator.
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      Place jack stands under the front pinch-weld jacking points and lower the vehicle onto the stands.
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      Unbolt the lug nuts on the wheels with an impact wrench or lug wrench, pull the wheel off, and set it aside.
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      Wrap the C-clamp around the brake caliper and position the screw end of the clamp so that it sits flush with the back of the outboard brake pad. Then tighten the clamp until the caliper piston on the inside of the brake caliper is fully retracted into the caliper. There should be a gap between the outboard brake pad and the caliper bracket of about one inch on the Saab 900 when the piston is fully retracted. This process is used to reset the brake calipers on all four wheels.
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      Inspect the brake rotor. Since the brake pads make contact with the rotor in order to slow down your Saab, you need to ensure that the rotor surface is smooth. Uneven, scored, or pitted rotors will negatively effect brake performance and can cause premature wear of the new brake pads. If the rotor surface isn't smooth, have the rotors resurfaced by a machine shop or replaced.
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      Unbolt the lower caliper pin bolt on the backside of the caliper using a socket wrench.
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      Swing the caliper up from the bottom and remove the brake pads by pulling them out of the caliper.
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      Install the new brake pads into the caliper with the same orientation as the old brake pads. Then, reassemble the brakes. The rest of the installation is the reverse of removal.
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      Repeat this process for the rear wheels.


    • mapperez48
      1/8/2013 mapperez48
      replace rear brake pads
  • louie
     
  • dgdouglas
    dgdouglas - 1989 Saab 900 - Brakes - 11/2/2012
    I recently purched a 1989 900 S 4cyl in exl cond with one exception. it has electrical issues. strange ones.
    ive checked all the fuses yet some systems are either not working or go off and on. (gauges fans windows ect.) curently all three break lights dont work so im am about to replace the breaklight switch. my theory is it may have something to do with the saftey break ...
     
    • Bill
      3/28/2012 Bill
      Pull out fuse box and look under for shorted connections.
    • fredsmith
      11/2/2012 fredsmith
      Check where the wires connect to ground (the car body).
      There is a main one just behind the radiator passenger side inside the engine compartment.
      Another is on the central beam in the trunk when you lift up the cover where the spare tire is.
      Brake light switches, even new ones, are known to be shoddy.
      Also check the wires that run to the doors. The insulation tends to get brittle.
      Hope this helps
  • 86camaro
    86camaro - 2001 Saab 9-3 - Brakes - 8/11/2012
    What could cause a hard brake pedal?
    When car starts, pedal goes down a bit, but then after that the pedal is very hard to press to brake, like there is no power brakes. I removed the hose to the booster, and there is vaccuum. There is no noise or hissing, what could cause this issue?
     
    • Jimm
      8/11/2012 Jimm
      Usually, the hard brake pedal condition is due to a faulty brake booster. It is possible to have a slight leak in the booster diaphragm.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the vacuum brake booster for around $268.00 (includes $62.00 core exchange) for your vehicle.
  • n8rtot
    n8rtot - 2000 Saab 9-5 - Brakes - 7/20/2012
    Why would the red caution triangle abs and brake lights all come on at the same time... Two new back tires?
    The two rear tires are a little bigger. Only temporary.
     
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  • Kathy
    Kathy - 1988 Saab 900 - Brakes - 5/31/2012
    Brake lights not working
    how do I change the brake light bulbs?
     
    • Jimm
      5/31/2012 Jimm
      Usually, the brake light bulbs are accessed through the trunk or through the rar of the taillights. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website - including photos, as well as your owners manual - for specific steps on how to check and change the rear light bulbs.
      You will also want to check; the tailight fuse, and the brake light switch at the brake pedal arm, under the instrument panel.
    • Jason
      5/31/2012 Jason
      Access to most tail light bulbs is through the trunk. If the bulbs are good, you'll probably need to replace the brake light switch at the pedal.
  • Focker2012
    Focker2012 - 2000 Saab 9-5 - Brakes - 4/23/2012
    My ABS Module on my car is burnt out but to get it fixed in a shop it's over $5k. Does anybody know a way around this?
    ABS Module is burnt out. My speedometer, cruise control, ABS system doesn't work.
     
    • Jimm
      4/23/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. You may also have the ABS module rebuilt; try this rebuild service; for around $275 includes shipping - contact Jamie at Auto and Truck Electronics 1-800-257-3395 ext 29 or www.autoecu.com.
      To remove the ABS module; the easiest way to do this, is to remove your battery (Neg terminal first), then take out the platform the battery sits on. You may need to loosen up the fuse box that sits above the ABS module; this is held on by 3 nuts (one is hidden near the brake reservoir). There are 6 Torx head (size T-20) screws holding the ABS module in place. You will also need to slide the clip on the larger module connector. Then there is one smaller connector plugged into the bottom of the module that's easy to remove.
  • jen
    jen - 1988 Saab 900 - Brakes - 4/14/2012
    Caliper sticks cause brake to be on
    makes car shake and i have to release the bleder to unstick then fine untill brake applied changed caliper did same thing
     
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  • jen
    jen - 1988 Saab 900 - Brakes - 4/14/2012
    Caliper sticks cause brake to be on
    makes car shake and i have to release the bleder to unstick then fine untill brake applied changed caliper did same thing
     
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