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  • Kim
    Kim - 1996 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/27/2011
    I have lost 2nd 3rd and reverse. I have 1st 3rd and 5th... what do i need to do, look for? advice?
    I bought the car use and occasionally had trouble getting into lower gears. I have been driving it for about 2 years. It was fine one minute and the next half of the gears were gone
     
    • charles81
      3/27/2011 charles81
      unfortunatly, your trans needs work. maybe more than you may want to pay. check the shift cables onder the console, and look for loose, or teathered links. under the hood, below the battery, you should see on the backside top end of the trans the other end of those cables. check to make sure they are secure, and look for cracks, splits. follow the cables to the shift linkage cap. this could be your next problem. I suggest u get a manual,removal of this is pretty simple, but you may need it for pics, and torque specs, on the proper way to check for worn linkage. If it checks out, then u need a new trans. Those cars are a dime a dozen, so it should be easy to find, and if you like a challenge, could do it yourself. I have changed several saturn trans all to myself, all you need is a haynes or chilton manual. good luck.
  • olivia
    olivia - 2003 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/22/2011
    What is wrong with my truck.
    milage is 110,000 miles .had car repaired while out of town.hab thr flashers repaired and the oil changer.the car started acting ud righter.
     
    • olivia
      3/22/2011 olivia
      does my truck need a transmission
  • saturn
     
    • EducatingMyself
      3/19/2011 EducatingMyself
      Gear shift bushing. You can buy a replacement kit online for less than $40.
  • EducatingMyself
    EducatingMyself - 1994 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/19/2011
    Won't Shift Gears at All: Is Car a Lost Cause?
    1994 Saturn 5spd. sedan won't shift gears at all/ Clutch replaced in 2004 and everything ran great until November 2010 -- gear shift doesn't work at all (parked since then). Is it a lost cause, as getting another car is completely out of the question?
     
    • yboy82
      3/3/2011 yboy82
      What transmission do you have? Is it a manual transmission or an automatic transmission?
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      does the gear shift move but won't go into gear?
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      if your gear shift moves but wont go into gear either there is air in the lines or your slave cylinder has gone bad.........try bleeding the slave cylinder and see if that helps you............good luck
    • EducatingMyself
      3/19/2011 EducatingMyself
      Thanks to everyone who responded to my question! After a bit of research, I'm convinced that it's the gear shift bushing that's gone out -- a common problem with older Saturns.
  • Cindy
    Cindy - 1996 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2011
    Shifted into reverse and went forward. Shifted into park and went forward.
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      The shift valves or solenoids are not working properly or there's an excessive clogging in the transmission oil channels due to poor maintenace. Try to change the fluid with new filter and observe the changes. If problem persists, transmission rebuilding is the only solution.
  • Alex
    Alex - 2003 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2011
    My girlfriend has a 2003 Saturn Vue and all of a sudden the speedometer stoped working.
    The vue has about 123,000 miles she says that about 2 weeks ago she noticed it bounce a couple of times from 0 to 30 now it doesn't work at all. I can't find a cable so i'm thinking it is electrical, maybe it came unpluged. Everything looks connected on the tranny.
     
  • tony
    tony - 1999 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/13/2011
    Transmission slips when car warms up. Also bangs in reverse.
    my saturn has high mileage (160,000) when the car gets hot, the transmission slips. Sometimes the trans. bangs when going into reverse. I only paid $800.00 for the car, I'm not going to take it to a repair shop and invest thousands in a costly transmission repair. ...
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      SLIPPING

      * Low or no fluid
      * Worn or damaged internal seals causing a hydraulic leak
      * Worn or damaged clutch pack assemblies
      * Worn or damaged electronic pressure solenoid
      * Throttle valve cable adjustment
  • AduMens
    AduMens - 2002 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/12/2011
    Why does the transmission stop functioning when the engine heats up to normal engine temperature.
    It can drive up to about 60mph when the car is cold, but the transmision ceases when the car gets warm. when you stop and alow the car to cool down, it can drive again only to cease again as the car gets warm.
     
  • Angelgirly1992
    Angelgirly1992 - 1997 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/9/2011
    Transmission issues?
    I seem to be having many issues with my car. I already posted about the issue I'm having with my keys. Next, the steering feels very loose. I can move the wheel a lot, but it doesn't cause the direction to change. This caused me to spin 360 degrees on the expressway ...
     
    • yboy82
      3/9/2011 yboy82
      1997 Saturn Sl2 Suspension Service Bulletin 59721
      NHTSA: Action Number: 600228 Service Bulletin Number: 59721

      Report Date:
      Feb 01, 1998Component:
      Suspension

      Summary: Experiencing a rattle or click noise from the rear of vehicle when turning at slow speeds and/or driving over uneven surfaces. *yc
      yboy82
      3/9/2011 yboy82
      This TSB might be able to help you.
  • steven
    steven - 2004 Saturn Ion - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/7/2011
    Transmission works fine 1st gear through 5th gear
    when trying to put transmission in reverse it seems to slip out of gear and grinds
     
  • piedsters1
    piedsters1 - 1995 Saturn SW2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/7/2011
    How do I install replacement alternator
     
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Did you already removed the old alternator?
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Removal

      You have to disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the serpentine drive belt. And then raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the right front wheel from the vehicle. Remove the right wheel inner fender splash shield.

      And if equipped, remove the alternator dust shield attaching bolt and unclip the shield from the alternator. When removing the dust shield, be careful not to damage the rubber boot over the battery's positive terminal. Disengage the alternator field wire connector.

      You should remove the retaining nut and wire from the positive (B+) terminal on the back of the alternator, using alternator output stud wrench SA9401C or equivalent, as a back-up wrench to prevent the stud from rotating. If your positive terminal stud rotates, the plastic insulator will crack or break, causing alternator failure.

      Remove the upper and lower alternator attaching bolts. And then remove the alternator from the vehicle through the wheel well opening.
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Installation

      You should position the alternator in the vehicle and install the lower attaching bolt. And then Install the upper attaching bolt and tighten both bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm). Reconnect the alternator field wire connector. Install the B+ terminal wire. The battery terminal wire should be placed on the back of the alternator between a 10 and 11 o'clock position.

      Be certain to use the alternator output stud wrench SA9401C to prevent the terminal stud from rotating, then tighten the alternator positive terminal nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Install the alternator dust shield and tighten the fastener bolt to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Install the serpentine drive belt. Install the wheel well splash shield and right front wheel. Tighten the wheel lugs in a criss-cross pattern to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm). Remove the supports and lower the vehicle. Lastly, reconnect the negative battery cable.

  • piedsters1
    piedsters1 - 1995 Saturn SW2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/7/2011
    How do i change my alternator
     
    • HPI Vorza
      2/16/2011 HPI Vorza
      IF you remove the right front tire and guard this will give you easy access to your alternator. You will need to jack your car up. It sits underneath the engine to the right of the starter. If you locate the oil filter you'll see it right in front of you. Just disconnect your battery and then the plasitc guard on the alternator held on by a single bolt. Then disconnect all wires. Next, Unscrew the two bolts that runn across the bottom. Put a 14mm on the tensioner to put some slack in the serpentine belt and pull the 14mm wrench. Take the belt from around the alternator and then remove the bolt on the top right of the alternator. that one in particular is a little hard to get to, but take your time and you will be able to get to it.
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Removal

      You have to disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the serpentine drive belt. And then raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the right front wheel from the vehicle. Remove the right wheel inner fender splash shield.

      And if equipped, remove the alternator dust shield attaching bolt and unclip the shield from the alternator. When removing the dust shield, be careful not to damage the rubber boot over the battery's positive terminal. Disengage the alternator field wire connector.

      You should remove the retaining nut and wire from the positive (B+) terminal on the back of the alternator, using alternator output stud wrench SA9401C or equivalent, as a back-up wrench to prevent the stud from rotating. If your positive terminal stud rotates, the plastic insulator will crack or break, causing alternator failure.

      Remove the upper and lower alternator attaching bolts. And then remove the alternator from the vehicle through the wheel well opening.

    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Installation

      You should position the alternator in the vehicle and install the lower attaching bolt. And then Install the upper attaching bolt and tighten both bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (32 Nm). Reconnect the alternator field wire connector. Install the B+ terminal wire. The battery terminal wire should be placed on the back of the alternator between a 10 and 11 o'clock position.

      Be certain to use the alternator output stud wrench SA9401C to prevent the terminal stud from rotating, then tighten the alternator positive terminal nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Install the alternator dust shield and tighten the fastener bolt to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm). Install the serpentine drive belt. Install the wheel well splash shield and right front wheel. Tighten the wheel lugs in a criss-cross pattern to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm). Remove the supports and lower the vehicle. Lastly, reconnect the negative battery cable.
  • theBABBLER
    theBABBLER - 1999 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/7/2011
    Trans stays in first gear when in drive.
    you can move shift lever to any gear but only engages first gear and reverse , if shifted into 2nd or 3rd it's as if you were just in drive and stuck in first gear
     
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      It is possible that the fault of your vehicle's problem is internal (might be worn/damaged clutches and brakes inside your tranny).

      Is your check engine light ON? Did you already diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine if there is a stored trouble code and to verify if all your electrical controls and sensors in your transmission are still functioning well?
  • marmie
     
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Is your check engine light ON? Did you already diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine if there is a stored trouble code and to verify if all your electrical controls and sensors in your transmission are still functioning well?
  • daniel
    daniel - 1993 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/7/2011
    Will not down shift when suppose too want pull up hill slow take off reves up when changes gears.changed fillterand fi
    changed filter and fluid i think it is in the sensors or compuper
     
    • yboy82
      3/7/2011 yboy82
      Did you already diagnose it with a scan tool to verify if there is a stored trouble code and to determine if all your electrical control and sensors are still working?