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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/14/2014
    How to check transmission fluid
    Car is not shifting well. Red oil lamp symbol flashes when car is warm and smells like something burning. Just had oil changed.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/13/2014
    Transmission service
    my tranny needs to serviced. has 200,000 miles on it. since it is a closed system, has an internal filter, has no tranny pan, should it be flushed b4 i change the fluid, or just drain, and replace fluid
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/4/2014
    Why does my car not want to go into gear when cold?
    when my engine is cold, first thing in the morning, or after my car sits for like 6 or more hours, when I try to put it into gear it does not want to go, I have to force it. Only happens when the car is cold.
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/4/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You have not detailed what is happening enough. "I have to force it" - What is it that you have to force? The shifter? Are you saying that the shifter does not want to move from the park position? More detail please. i cannot assume anything
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2014
    Two shops have said the transmission needs to be replaces. Previous owner tried to repair a leak in the transmission
    I wonder if there was any recall or something Saturn did to fix this on the 2003 Vue? Is a rebuilt a decent option? What would a fair cost be for this repair? Thanks Much!
    • Jimm
      3/9/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - why does the transmission need to be replaced or rebuilt? What exactly is the issue?
      Next question - which transmission model is in the vehicle? Is this the 5-speed auto trans (M09) or 5-speed auto trans (M45) or Continuously variable ratio (CVT) automatic transmission (M75)? This will make a difference in the rebuilt cost.
      3/10/2014 AutoMD Member
      The shop says the transmission is low on fluid again and has many leaks. It is a CVT VT25-E/M16
    • Jimm
      3/15/2014 Jimm
      The rebuild kit alone is around $1000.00 - check this

      Of course, this cost does not include the labor required - maybe another $800.00 to over $1000.00 - depending on the repair shop.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/27/2014
    Transmission rebuild
    My vehicle quit working in 1st, hard shift in second. Took to Kennedy Transmission for rebuild. It is not responding to the module. Basically, it does nothing after rebuild.
    • Jimm
      2/27/2014 Jimm
      Go back to the rebuild / repair shop for their repair and solution. The repair work should still be under warranty; most shops have a written guarantee / warranty of the work performed. Hopefully, the repair work / rebuild is not already completely paid for to the repair shop.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/24/2014
    Rebuilt transmission does not respond to module, why?
    The vehicle quit working in 1st, hard shift into 2nd. Took to Kennedy Transmission. They did a rebuild and stated that it is not responding to the module. Basically, they rebuilt and now it does not work.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/24/2014 HouseCallAuto
      So, what is the status now? Have they been paid already and they gave you the vehicle back like this? It is still there? Tell the details so I can give my being in the business opinion on what to do.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/2/2014
    Is it at all recommeded to change and flush the tranny? fluid is brown and runs a little rough in 2nd gear.
    only if i stay in 2nd gear however does it run a little rough. otherwise runs pretty smooth. Also hesitates here and there.
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Toyota recc replacing fluid at 100K miles. The fluid is not the cause of your hesitation or rough running
    • Advantage
      1/2/2014 Advantage
  • Dustdevil93
    Dustdevil93 - 2001 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/20/2013
    Spike in rpms then car died replaced starter sounds like cards in spokes coming from engine
    just over 100,000 miles. there were a few times when there was a spike in rpms but not extra power when trying to accelerate. there are no current codes was told timing chains or torque converter. any ideas.
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Do you have any other additional info to add to this? I need more.
  • melanie
    melanie - 1994 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/20/2013
    My car is leaking transmission fluid somewhere above the passenger side cv axle , what could be causing this ?
    This started after the car got stuck in mud . The clutch pedal would jump and there was a clicking sound coming from the car..
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      This transmission uses an external filter that looks just like an engine oil filter. make sure the fuilter is not leaking. You say the leak is above the cv axle. The axle input has a seal that keeps trans fluid from leaking past but this is not *above* the axle it is at the same level as the axle.
  • jckw8888
    jckw8888 - 2008 Saturn Aura - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/18/2013
    Why does my car slip out of gear and shake when I tap slightly on the gas when it is going 35 to 45 mph?
    It happens more often when it is going uphill. It does not happen all the times on level roads. Sometimes I can feel the a few clicking of metal but no sound. The car is doing fine when going over 55 mph. The car has 35000 miles. There is no engine light on. The ...
    • jrokk
      12/18/2013 jrokk
      Check your transmission fluid! it sounds like its low! or have it flushed!
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/9/2013
    Why does my car jerk when shifted into gear?
    When I Shift into drive and reverse, It jerks.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/1/2013
    I can only get into 3rd and 5th gears
    Just started, can get into 1st sometimes , but it takes a huge effort. Can't get into reverse,2nd or 4th at all
    0 answer
  • rodney
    rodney - 1994 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/27/2013
    The passenger side has 2 shafts
    the center has play in it. Is there a bearing holding them up. If there is do you sell it.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/27/2013 HouseCallAuto
      I have never seen this bearing fail in 30 years. maybe you are seeing some in and out play that is normal end play? Is there symptoms like a severe vibration? The bearing number in one supplier I found is CENTRIC Part # 41262001 but my gut feeling says u do not need it unless you have other detail untold.
      11/29/2013 rodney
      the bearing must of went from driving through salt water that comes in the road once in a while. Centric part only sells to a business. Do you know a car parts place that will have that bearing that sells to a car owner. thank you
      11/29/2013 HouseCallAuto has this bearing
  • rodney
    rodney - 1994 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/27/2013
    I have two shafts on the right side the middle there is play in the center is there a bearing holding them in place
    if there is a bearing do they sell it.
    0 answer
  • nightwollf76
    nightwollf76 - 2003 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/10/2013
    What can cause clutch fluid to come out the bottom of trans
    fluid leaks out the bottom of trans and nowhere else
    • bear.1216
      9/10/2013 bear.1216
      If you are sure it is clutch fluid and not trans fluid or engine oil then the clutch slave cylinder is leaking. If the slave cylinder is inside the bell housing and I believe it is then you will have to remove the transmission to fix. This would also be the time to replace your clutch. Sorry but it will be expensive to fix.