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  • scotty306134
    scotty306134 - 2003 Saturn Ion-1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/15/2013
    RH transaxle bearing making noise and seal leaking at CV shaft attachment point. Auto Trans (not CVT Trans)
    I need to know if the seal and bearing can be replaced (long CV Shaft side) without dismantling the transaxle. ( CV shaft removed, but transaxle still in car) Thanks, any help appreciated!
     
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  • raykeesler78
    raykeesler78 - 2008 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/29/2013
    Won't shift out of park. won't start
    was running fine. Stop at drive-through. Put it in park. Could not get it out of park. Turned car off . Wouildn't start again.
     
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  • barberann7
    barberann7 - 2001 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/23/2013
    Change transmission filter
     
    • Mike
      4/23/2013 Mike
      If you are asking how to replace it, the air induction system and air filter box need to be removed to access the external filter.
  • stevesponaugle
    stevesponaugle - 1997 Saturn SW1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/25/2013
    Vibration at idle and lower RPM, decreased when transmission is in neutral, decreased by replacing upper engine mount
    was already vibrating by 80,000 miles, when bought used; cylinder compression is only about 120 -130 PSI, vibration can be felt in front seat area
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Engine mounts - figure out which one or replace all.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/31/2013 stevesponaugle
      Thanks

      Replaced left "wishbone" transmission torque mount -round bushing was loose and could rotate in metal wishbone ; not much decrease in door rattling

      motor transmission mount, under auto transmission apparently requires loosening upper mount on passenger side of engine, to allow removal - the rubberry bushing between the metal on this mount was loose

      Going to order passenger side torque mount wishbone

      At least struts and CV boots are still good at 168,000 miles!
  • fabwilson4
    fabwilson4 - 2003 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2013
    Can replacing a CV joint cause transmission to slip?
    We have a 2003 Saturn Vue (130K) that has been very reliable. Recently the CV joint started making noise so we took it to a GMC dealer to replace. On the way home after picking it up, the transmission started slipping. It sounds like a whiz kind of noise. It ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/15/2013 Jimm
      First step is to get a second opinion and detailed diagnosis from a trusted and reputable repair shop in your area. There is a possibility the transmission slipping just coincided with the CV / axle replacement.
      However, to answer your question - there is no reason to believe the CV joint replacement may have caused the slipping - unrelated parts - except the transmission drives the CV joint and front axle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      UNLESS the drive axle that was replaced was not fully seated into the transmission and the noise you hear is the splines slipping against it's counter-gear. The other possible cause is that when they removed the CV axle, maybe too much transmission oil was lost (it leaks out the side of the tranny while the axle is removed) and they did not replenish it. Either way, this really does not seem right. They should have asked you to return asap to check it instead of trying to prep you for another $2000 bill for a tranny you prob do not need. If I were you, I would get a second opinion from another shop before going back to that shady place. At least you will know the real cause. The dealer might just lie to you and sell you a tranny. Do not take it to another dealer so there is no biased.
  • keith_shrader
     
    • slomka497
      3/12/2013 slomka497
      my 5 spd would hang up in reverse ,replaced top motor mount, works fine,check your motor & trans mounts.
  • launoesolo
    launoesolo - 2005 Saturn Ion-2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/2/2013
    What's going on & what will it cost to fix? My car bucks and the door locks unlock & lock while driving.
    187637 miles on it, while driving it bucks, the RPM's drop then raise. I can feel the transmission disengaging then engaging again, all while the door locks keep unlocking then quickly locking again. This just started today on the hwy doing 70 mph, then on the ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      What is throwing me off here is trying to find a common cause for both the bucking and the door locks cycling. They both have causes on their own, but I can see no relation to both. Are you certain that both conditions began at the same time / the same moment? The locks could be a bad Power Door Lock Switch on the Driver Side Front Door. Could also be caused by a bad Body Control Module. Try unplugging the electrical connector from the driver side power door lock switch and see if the locks stop cycling and if so replace the switch. I would not think that could cause bucking but heh, maybe the electrical load is doin something. Find the cause of the lock problem and see if the other problem resolves.
  • launoesolo
    launoesolo - 2005 Saturn Ion-2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/2/2013
    What's going on & what will it cost to fix? My car bucks and the door locks unlock & lock while driving.
    187637 miles on it, while driving it bucks, the RPM's drop then raise. I can feel the transmission disengaging then engaging again, all while the door locks keep unlocking then quickly locking again. This just started today on the hwy doing 70 mph, then on the ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Plug a code reader into the OBD connector under the driver side dash and read fault codes. It takes like 3 minutes and a $20 code reader from Amazon can do it just fine. Update the post with code numbers please. This is how cars get diagnosed.
  • sharde_23
    sharde_23 - 2001 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/22/2013
    Why does my car jerk/skip when shifting gears?
    I noticed my car jerks slightly as I shift gears and accelerate, also it seems like as i push down on the pedal the rpm goes up but I don't accelerate as fast as it should. I last put transmission fluid in about 4-5 months ago but I have yet to check it because it ...
     
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  • cornice.donovan
    cornice.donovan - 2003 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/21/2013
    What does these codes mean 0700,0455,0128,1810,0127
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/21/2013 HouseCallAuto
      700 just means that there is a transmission fault, the fault in your case is 1810 which may be a bad TFP Valve Position Switch. This is inside the unit.
      128 means that *most likely* (probability greater than 90%) your thermostat is stuck open causing the engine temperature to remain too cool, so change the stat. The 455 may be a bad gas cap. the 127 is an error you made reading the code because there is no valid code P0127 for a 2003 Saturn L300. Erase all the codes and wait to see which ones return.
  • thegarners16
    thegarners16 - 1999 Saturn SW1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/17/2013
    Runs for hrs. wont downshift cool 5 min. works fine
    wont start tighten neg terminal starts fine
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Please rewrite this with additional details. As written I do not understand it at all. Explain what you mean by saying it will not downshift? You are saying that when you come to a stop and take off again, that the transmission is stuck in drive? And the other thing, you are saying it will not crank?
  • thegarners16
    thegarners16 - 1999 Saturn SW1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/17/2013
    Runs for hrs. wont downshift cool 5 min. works fine
    wont start tighten neg terminal starts fine
     
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  • mastrangelop
    mastrangelop - 2000 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/10/2013
    The car has been sitting for about 2 month I went out to start it and drive it the clutch is working fine
    but it is in second geer and it wont shift to any another geer it feel like the shifter is connect
     
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  • mastrangelop
    mastrangelop - 2000 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/10/2013
    CAR HAS BEEN SITTING AND NOW IT WONT SHIFT
     
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  • danielle
    danielle - 1997 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/10/2013
    What may cause a battery to go bad
    Battery keeps dying