How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask SaabCitroTech Your Own Question
SaabCitroTech, Technician
Category: Car
Satisfied Customers: 13
Experience:  Saab Master Technician, Citroen Master Technician
Type Your Car Question Here...
SaabCitroTech is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a 1998 Saab 900 SE convertible. The back deck latch

Customer Question

I have a 1998 Saab 900 SE convertible. The back deck latch is not latching and grinding coming from the passenger side as its trying to latch down and close, now the rear window does not go down all the way and just stops. The back deck for the convertible does not go up easily on its own. I had to release the top manually to get the top up. Could it be the motor on the passendger side?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  SaabCitroTech replied 8 years ago.

From what you have described to me its definately a problem with the tonneau motor due to the grinding noise you are hearing. Essentially the motors teeth skip and it goes out of synchronisation causing it to go haywire.


Now where to from here.

There are 2 possibilities here. The first is the motor is made of alloy and they can bend causing the teeth of the motor to not engage correctly causing the grinding noise. The remedy is that Saab released a re inforcement kit for this problem and often fitting this re inforcement kit and straightening motor is all that is required to rectify the problem.


The second possible outcome is that the re inforcement kit is already fitted and has not alleviated the problem, or the teeth are stripped or damaged from skipping teeth too many times. Its advised at that point to replace the tonneau motor.


They are quite expensive new (check with your local saab dealer) but Im sure one can be located 2nd hand in good condition.

They in reality are best fitted by saab specialists as they often need to be reprogrammed (They have potentiometers inside) with Saab special equipment.


If you have any more questions feel free to ask.


If I have aswered your question and you are happy with my reply (If not let me know what I can do to help) then please press the "ACCEPT" as its the only way I will be paid for my time and knowledge