Add hydrolic fluid to convertible top


Asked by Apr 16, 2013 at 09:14 AM about the 2005 Saab 9-3 Aero Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The convertible top on my 2005 9-3 Aero needs manual assistance to operate. I feel it needs
a refill of hydralic fuid. Can anyone help in how this is done?

13 Answers

How do you fill convertible fluid in a Saab convertible? If it's an '04 - '10 you must remove the passenger's side trunk liner which entails removing the front liner and the trunk to top partition. There are just a bunch of clips with centers that you push in about 1/8 inch then pull the clip out and 6 Torx head screws. The 2 black clips that attach the side liner to the floor are christmes tree type and may break. It's pretty obvious once the side liner is removed. Uses chf 11s hydraulic oil. ........Source: SAAB CONVERTIBLE FAQ.html

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Thanks David, I'll give this a try in the next couple of days and let you know how it turns out. Dan

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Please do. Keep me informed that is. I had to do a lot of searching on that one but it is the only one that made any sense. There were people that said "you can't" well I couldn't accept that, there had GOT to be a way

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David, it took me awhile but I just topped up the hydralic fluid for the convertible top on the Saab. Thanks, your comments were right on. The convertible top performed as new afterwards. Hydralic fluid was about $21 at a local automotive store. Regards, Dan

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when you refill the oil the roof should be opened or closed???

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added fluid to mine ran up & down 4 or 5 times to bleed out air now all it will do is raise & lower the back window & makes a clicking sound quit working, what happened ?

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Hi I have a 1999 93 any idea where you top up on this model .. thanks

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I am in the process of replacing one of the hydraulic lines in my 2001 93. The pump and reservoir is behind the rear seat. If you keep searching there are plenty of diagrams and how to videos

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Hi, I followed videos for my 2005 9-3 convertible, but there was no reservoir behind rear seats as in videos. Do they all have hydraulic fluid reservoir or are some sealed units? Any help appreciated as really stuck here with rear seat in bits.

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Which hydraulic line is supposed to over extend the rear mechanism so it locks ( the bar that yo Can use the manual tool to over extend it into locking position) I think that hydraulic line is not working or clogged And how would I remove and replace the fluid

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How do you manually close roof on saab 9-3 2005 convertible. Hydraulic pipe come off pump in boot but carnt get to it because roof is down.I've searched but nothing on net showing you need help guys thank you.

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It's in the trunk behind the right panel cover


Thank you David. I stumbled across this and it worked perfectly. Works like new after topping off hydraulic fluid.

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