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  • muffman
    muffman - 1993 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/17/2011
    Transmission does not go into 1st or 4th.
    upon starting out the " service engine soon " light comes on, and the transmission feels like it is slipping also it does not shift into high gear
     
    • 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.
  • donna
    donna - 1992 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/6/2011
    My speedometer stoped working how do we fix it
     
    • Donut
      1/6/2011 Donut
      You have a VSS or vehicle speed sensor which is located on your tranny, its a plug with wires sticking out of it, in my Civic its green. Usually its loose, dirty or busted, try cleaning it first before you actually think of replacing it.

      It can also be the wiring from the VSS to the PCM and it is located on the kickpanel driver side, Dark Green/White wire
  • liz
    liz - 2000 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/6/2011
    Bad vibration in left front wheel
    204000 miles. i've replaced wheel bearing,brake rotor, and have tried three different wheels. sometimes when turning sharp to the left the whole frontend shakes
     
  • Barb Yerington
    Barb Yerington - 1997 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/5/2011
    My shifter feels like its out of its socket only goes reverse
    I was trying to get out being stuck in the snow and all of the sudden the shifter felt like it came out of a socket it was just hangin and loose. The parts store said it needs a shift bushing I don't know
     
  • reena1kay
    reena1kay - 1997 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/3/2011
    Ran in ditch broke radiator and high pressure hose when out of ditch attempeted to drive home and broke downwhile trans
    fixed rad and hose still wont start changed battery but all u here is clickin sound could runnin out of fluid while driving mess up somthing
     
    • HKS Guy
      1/3/2011 HKS Guy
      Have you checked for loose connections? Have you solved this concern already?

      Thanks
  • jimmyfl
    jimmyfl - 1997 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/3/2011
    How do I align the flywheel to the crankshaft once it has been removed without being marked?
     
    • James Vaughn
      12/29/2010 James Vaughn
      if you have a balanced flywheel then u have a problem that only a dealer will be able to help with. god i hate to say those words. but try this. some, not alot, of flywheels bolt patterns are only made to lign up one way. if thats the case your in luck. good luck
      James Vaughn
      12/29/2010 jimmyfl
      It's a balanced flywheel and I took your advice and went the the dealer. The saturn mechanic laughed and said the haynes manual is wrong. There is no reason to worry about the position of the flywheel in relation to the crankshaft. I told him I had been told the coil was actuated by the flywheel or pressure plate position but I hadn't looked inside the bell housing. He said that is done by the camshaft actuator... (and I finished his sentence... just above the starter. He said don't worry.
      James Vaughn
      12/29/2010 jimmyfl
      The coil is mounted to the bell housing outside surface only. (I hadn't looked in the bell housing.) I'll keep you posted James & Thanks. I think this is going to be alot easier than we thought
    • James Vaughn
      12/30/2010 James Vaughn
      i hope it is. sometimes hanes actually gives out too much info. kinda like hearing about a fat woman's sex life lol. good luck
      James Vaughn
      12/30/2010 jimmyfl
      I bought an aftermarket flywheel with no markings. I just stuck in in there and put it back together like the mechanic said. It started right up. As soon as I got it running and did a check ride my daughter took off in it again. Thanx for the advice. Talking to the dealer was the thing to do.
    • James Vaughn
      12/31/2010 James Vaughn
      glad it all worked out for you. happy new year
    • jimmyfl
      1/1/2011 jimmyfl
      Happy New Year to you also. Something that wasn't shared with me was the transaxle or something is GROWLING. It had been for a few weeks. I changed the fluid and it got a little better. I'm not crackin a tranny or transaxle, but I'll buy one and change it if I have to. Any experience on this one?
    • James Vaughn
      1/2/2011 James Vaughn
      jimmy that sounds like a bearing that the cv axle rides in where it slides into the transaxle. i say this only because it got better after you changed the fluid. is the sound coming from close to the tranny or the wheel? there is a bearing hub on the outside as well.
    • jimmyfl
      1/3/2011 jimmyfl
      I don't know where the noise is comming from. The car has to be rolling & I haven't put it in gear on the jack stands. I was thinking since it appears to sound a little better we can change the fluid again in a few weeks. (hope it holds together)
      jimmyfl
      i think you are wasting your money changing the fluid its either the wheel bearings or the cv axle
  • vincent iodaci
    vincent iodaci - 1997 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/1/2011
    How to replace a fuel pump
     
    • david
      1/1/2011 david
      drop tank pump is in tank
    • James Vaughn
      1/1/2011 James Vaughn
      befoe removing tank see if there is an access panel in the trunk. under the carpet or under the spare. if you have one you're in luck. remove panel,fuel pump will be held in by a locking ring. remove wires and lines. feed and return. pull out pump and reverse. a haynes manual from autozone will show you step by steps
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR

      Locate the fuel pump that is mounted in the fuel tank
      Have a friend turn the key to the ON position while you listen for a high pitched hiss/whine coming from the electric fuel pump.
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      If the fuel pump does not make a sound (run and prime the fuel system) check to see if there is a fuse that supplies power to the fuel pump and check its location.
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      Once you have found the location of the fuel pump fuse, remove the fuse from its housing and check to see if it is blown.
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      If you noticed that the fuse was blown, replace the fuse with a new fuse of the same amperage and repeat step 2.
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      If the fuel pump now works, you do not need to replace it. However, you will need to find what caused the fuel pump fuse to blow. We strongly recommend that this is done through a certified shop, unless you have the tools and knowledge to test electrical systems and diagnose more in depth problems.
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      If the fuse wasn't blown, it should be checked for power and ground at the fuel pump. If there is power and ground present then you will need to replace the fuel pump.
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      Siphon or drain as much fuel as possible from the fuel tank. Disconnect any possible fuel lines from the fuel tank.
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      Lift the rear of the vehicle using a jack and support it with jack stands.
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      Remove any retaining straps or bolts holding the fuel tank to the frame.
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      Using a digital multi meter, turn the key to the ON position and check for power at the fuel pump. Touch the negative lead from the DMM to a good ground and the positive lead of the DMM to the power cable at the fuel pump. You should have a reading that is equal to battery power. If you do not have a reading at all, you will need to inspect the power side of the fuel pump.
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      If you have noticed that the power and ground being supplied to the fuel pump are both good, then you will need to replace the fuel pump.
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      Depressurize the fuel system by removing the fuel pump fuse from the fuse box located on the passenger side of the center console. Start the engine and let it run until it stalls. Crank the engine over two more times to ensure there is no more fuel pressure left in the system.
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      Remove the negative battery cable.
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      Remove any retaining rings or bolts that hold the fuel pump in the fuel tank.
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      Remove any electrical connections or fuel lines connected to the fuel pump. Replace the fuel pump.
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      Use reverse procedure to install fuel pump and assemble all components back to their original state. Place a new O-ring between the fuel pump and the tank. Reinstall the fuel tank.
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      Reinstall the fuel pump fuse and start the vehicle to verify repairs.............good luck and happy new year
  • valwill
    valwill - 2004 Saturn Ion-1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/31/2010
    Why is the coolant light staying on?
    When I start my car the coolant light comes on and stays on. there is coolant in my car but it is very dirty and gross. Is there a way to change it? The level is at normal for cold weather.
     
    • Bill
      12/31/2010 Bill
      Put a catch container under radiator and undo plug at bottom and drain. Although it sounds like you may need a complete flush which is relatively inexpensive.
  • stacie
     
    • sean
      12/26/2010 sean
      if your car has a manual transmission, you shift the gears when you want to. there is no relearn. if your car has auto trans, disconnect battery for a few minutes, reconnect battery & drive car normally. the shift points are pre-programmed in computer. other than that, you may need your computer reflashed
  • Lionel Berrios
    Lionel Berrios - 2007 Saturn Ion-2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/8/2010
    I have the TP sensor replaced in my car a week ago after a Diagnosis was done the two codes pinpoint the TP sensor
    Two days after the TP sensor was replace the engine light & the Reduced Engine Power Light came on again...any suggestions?
     
    • Autobahn
      12/8/2010 Autobahn
      I hope you can still post the code here.
  • Lisahernandez33
    Lisahernandez33 - 2005 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/7/2010
    My gear shifter on my standard transmission is loose and won't go in a gear.
    The long steel rod is not in the part that shifts.
     
    • TrashFormers (
      12/7/2010 TrashFormers (
      clutch probs or tranny oil s too low...................(",).......u
  • Captain Ted
    Captain Ted - 1994 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/5/2010
    Transmission will not go into reverse
    he transmissions has always had a jerk when going to reverse. It suddelnly will not go. It shifts in forward. THe lights dim when shift to reverse and it slightly goes back but that is it. If you gun engine it is like it is in neutral.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/5/2010 HouseCallAuto
      This is not going to have a happy ending. Never seen anything but a new transmission solve this.
    • jwaggoner20
      12/5/2010 jwaggoner20
      i had a the same problem with a 2000 saturn SL1, to get a round the jerking and try to get a lil more life out of it i shifted straight from park to drive and then up to reverse, the front clutch assembly is out or going out and you either need to replace the clutch assembly or the whole transmission
  • theejamman
     
    • TechSam
      11/28/2010 TechSam
      1st I would do a test on the catlic converter and see if its not pluged and 2nd I would check the TPS throttle position sensor and if these both things are fine then I would go to the transmission.
  • blake
    blake - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/28/2010
    Gear shiftter came loose
     
    • TechSam
      11/28/2010 TechSam
      Shifter has a bushing and a pin which probably came loose, you need to open the cover and see what you need.
  • Erniej
    Erniej - 2005 Saturn Relay-2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/4/2010
    The Dealer will not honor my warranty, there is a transmission problem, what do I do?
     
    • HKS Guy
      11/3/2010 HKS Guy
      What is the reason why they won't honor your warranty?
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      No choice, bring it to a mechanic. Tranny problems are not the DIY type. Although you can post what problems you are having with it, maybe be we can help.
    • vince^_^
      11/4/2010 vince^_^
      Is your check engine light on? Well even if your check engine light is off don’t assume that you don’t have any stored trouble code. You can visit AutoZone or nearby auto parts store for free diagnostic. If you have any stored trouble code, this code will help you identify the fault of your vehicle’s problem. You can also use the Find a Shop feature of AutoMD ( http://www.automd.com/shops/) to see a list of shops near you with their address, telephone # and labor rate per hour.
      vince^_^
      11/4/2010 Erniej
      Thanks