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  • Angelgirly1992
    Angelgirly1992 - 1997 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/21/2011
    Key stuck, what is wrong?
    I have a 97 SL2 Saturn. When I put the key in to start it, sometimes it won't turn over. If I take the key out then put it back in, it starts. Sometimes, I can't get it out of the ignition. This happens with both keys. The keys seem to be stuck somehow, like ...
    • yboy82
      2/21/2011 yboy82
      It is possible that your steering wheel lock is applying pressure that's why you can't turn your key sometimes. Check the condition of your steering wheel lock it might be out of adjustment or broken.
  • amberfrnc
    amberfrnc - 1994 Saturn SW1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/21/2011
    Where is auto.tran. speed sensor?Is the tran. filter external
    1994 saturn sw1
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Perhaps you are referring to vehicle speed sensor. A wheel speed sensor or vehicle speed sensor (VSS) is a type of tachometer. It is a sender device used for reading the speed of a vehicle's wheel rotation. It usually consists of a toothed ring and pickup and usually mounted on top of the differential. The VSS input reading sent to PCM for shifting the gears properly.
  • fabian trauth
    fabian trauth - 1997 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/16/2011
    When in gear car will not move but speedometer works
    was driving fine got to stop light put in 1st car will not move speedometer does move no noise
    • HPI Vorza
      2/16/2011 HPI Vorza
      Did you do anything to your car before you moved? Such as a clutch replacement? It may just be your axle is not attached to the engine properly.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/16/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Broken front drive axle at the cv joint maybe.
  • Michael J Rose
  • Louie Lopez
    Louie Lopez - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/11/2011
    Vehicle doesnt shift into reverse. unable to locate trans dipstick.
    • Bender
      2/8/2011 Bender
      Is your check engine light on? I really cant shed much light on the reverse thing but i can helpt you with your disptick problem..

      Looking from the front of the car, it is toward the right side just behind the radiator. The fluid is Toyota T-IV. The dealer has it as 'GM IV'. Also, Valvoline Max Life Dex/Merc is rated for most any trans service including T-IV. The change is easy, but some things have to be prepared first. You will need 4.5 quarts of fluid. You will need a long, skinny funnel with a small end to fit in the dipstick tube. I bought one at NAPA with a 12" section of clear tubing and a little fitting on the end with a cap. I had to go to the hardware store and buy a longer piece of vinyl tubing - I figured I needed about 14". Interestingly, the end fitting has a flange in the middle that the spring clamp on the dipstick tube snapped over to conveniently hold the end piece inside the dipstick. You must get your funnel right before letting the old oil out. Now you'll need a large flat pan - any oil change container that will fit under the car will work. I didn't know how far the old would shoot out when I took the plug out, so I used an old large kitty litter pan. I knew I had been saving it for ten years for something. Turns out the oil doesn't come out with much force, so a regular round oil change container would work. Now you need a 15/16" socket, wrench or adjustable wrench for the trans drain plug. The fluid should be warm, doesn't have to be hot. Drain it and take the drain plug and blast the steel dust off the magnet on the end of the plug with brake cleaner. After draining, replace the plug and snug it down until it stops, then just give it another little tug to be sure. Don't put your weight on the wrench. At this point I used a calibrated clean milk jug to determine exactly how much oil came out. The book said 4.5 quarts and it was right, so everybody else can skip that step assuming the trans had enough fluid in it to run properly. Now the fun part - make sure the funnel end is in the dipstick tube and start pouring in the 4.5 qts. When finished, you're done. You now have replaced about half of your trans fluid, for a 1:1 ratio. If you do it again at the next oil change, you'll then have a 3:1 ratio of clean:dirty oil. One more time in six months and you'll be at 7:1, which is good enough. Anyway, now is the time to drive it around and warm up the trans for checking the fluid level. When you get back, look under there for leaks. The problem now is you may have trouble getting your hand down to the dipstick with the engine running, which is how the fluid is checked. I have to shove my left arm down there up to the armpit, then use the thumb to pull back the spring clamp while the other fingers pull up on the 'button' on top of the stick to release it. Then you wipe it, replace it, pull it again and this time read it. It could be on the 'hot' mark, 1/8" over or even 1/4" under and its okay. I cut the 'button' off the top of my dipstick, clamped a 2" piece of 1/4" Fuel Vapor hose over the remaining stem, then put a 8" piece of 1/4" wood dowel rod in the other end of the hose. This makes it a world better getting to the stick, but I still reach down to the dipstick tube to pull the clamp back when removing the dipstick.
    • Shawnah77
      2/11/2011 Shawnah77
      it's located back side of tranny it's red
  • Shawnah77
    Shawnah77 - 2002 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/11/2011
    My car is making a winding noise when i take my foot off the cluch.What could this be?
    And when i try to move the car the engine rocks.

      Proper lubrication during clutch installation can reduce the chances of noise problems down the road. Squeals and growls are usually caused by worn or seized bearings. Chirping noises are usually caused by vibration somewhere in the release system. Determine the source of bearing noise by setting the parking brake, putting the vehicle in neutral and starting the engine. Refer to the chart below to determine the source of the noise.


      Grinding when the clutch is engaged is normally the transmission input bearing,

      Squealing when the pedal is actuated and held down is normally the pilot bearing or bushing.

      Chirping that intensifies when the pedal is slowly, actuated is normally the release bearing

      Chirping while idling in neutral that disappears when the pedal is depressed is normally the fork or pivot ball.
  • Dennis
      Is the battery holding charge? Check the cables on the battery/fusebox to make sure they are not loose. Also check your Alternator. Your car runs off the alternator when its running, only uses Battery when its off. Accessories also run off the battery when your driving (dvd/cd players, speakers, amps) all of this drains the batt and the alternator recharges it. I'd check for a loose connection first, then test the Battery and Alt
  • Bigc
    Bigc - 2000 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/1/2011
    What is torque converter clutch solenoid circuit stuck on
    • Bender
      2/1/2011 Bender
      I believe thats P0742

      A P0742 is usually caused by a hydraulic or internal transmission concern.
      The TCC release switch is a normally-closed switch and anything that can cause it to stick open will cause this code.

      Inspect theTFP manual valve position switch.
      Inspect the TCC release switch for the following conditions:
      - A damaged or leaking seal

      - Sediment or debris

      - Damaged switch contacts

      - Stuck switch contacts
      TCC control valve stuck

      - TCC feed limit valve stuck

      - TCC regulator apply valve stuck

      - TCC PWM solenoid valve stuck

      - Pressure regulator valve stuck
  • jj
    jj - 2007 Saturn Ion - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/25/2011
    The ignition key does not turn back afer cas has been started? is is the lock cylinder?
    2007 saturn iion ignition key does not turn back. Took out lock cylinder and can turn back w/ screw driver.
    • yboy82
      1/25/2011 yboy82
      When it turns back with screw driver did you also try to use the key?
  • todd1
    • James Vaughn
      1/22/2011 James Vaughn
      have the vehicle scanned at an advance auto or auto zone and post them here so we can help you better. it's free. good luck
      DTC P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction
      p1791 is an invalid accelerator pedal data from the ECM code

      P2128 - TPS, or APP

      P2138: Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor
    • todd1
      1/23/2011 todd1
      Four codes came up
      Thanks for your help
    • todd1
      1/23/2011 todd1
      Thanks Joe
      I am going to throw in that the sunroof was leaking, could this code thing be caused by the 40 pin connector and bad connections , i just pulled the panel off to check it and found it is wet and icy. Its cold here
  • frank
    frank - 2002 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/21/2011
    Does the 2010 saturn,6 cyl have a timing chain,belt or timing gears.model L300 ?
  • help
    help - 1999 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/19/2011
    No matter what gear i'm in car wont go
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/2/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Without more detail can't say a thing.
    • zzunicorn
      1/19/2011 zzunicorn
      if standard transmission need to resurface or replace clutch pressure plate... thats what happened to my 99 saturn
  • Karimah gunn
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      DO the car still moves, i mean when started and put into gear? Seems like a transmission clutch problem and will require overhaul. Bring it to a transmission shop.
    • Karimah gunn
      1/18/2011 Karimah gunn
      to answer your question, you can still drive the car the issue is it will shift without the car being started we don't even
      have to put our foot on the brake to change gears and it will shift gears when the car is not on and will move without the car being started.
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Wow! i wonder it is not consuming gas since the engine was not started and yet the car moves and shift to gears? Sorry but i can't relate.
  • Karimah gunn
    Karimah gunn - 2001 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/17/2011
    A 2001 Saturn L300 goes into gear without the car being started and shifts into car without foot on the brake
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      DO the car still moves, i mean when started and put into gear? Seems like a transmission clutch problem and will require overhaul. Bring it to a transmission shop.
  • muffman
    muffman - 1993 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/17/2011
    The transmission does not shift into 1st or 4th gear
    When starting out the vehicle feels sluggish, the "service engine soon " light comes on. Also it will not shift into high gear at greater speeds.
    • yboy82
      1/17/2011 yboy82
      Try to diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to determine if there is a stored trouble code. Also check your transmission fluid level and transmission shift cable.