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  • Joe Belbeck
    Joe Belbeck - 1992 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/4/2012
    What can cause a loud roaring in frontend that gets louder as turn left, and quiets down as you turn right?
    I have recently checked the wheel and hub for signs wheel baring going out. And the tires are new and reg. maintained. Brakes and cylinder are good. Is there any clues at to what it is? And maybe explaination on how to self diagnose the issue?
    • ROB
      7/4/2012 ROB
    • ROB
      7/4/2012 ROB
      also by wat ure saying i say its th right bearing wen its load sensitive and wen u turn left it puts weight on thy right wheel and wen u turn right it puts th weight on th left wheel without hearing myself i say its th right
  • ROB
    ROB - 2001 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/3/2012
    What is trouble code PO741 torque converter clutch circuit performance or stuck off mean
    • Spoon Sports
      7/2/2012 Spoon Sports
      Possible Causes

      Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Level not OK
      Transmission Sealing faulty
      Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) dirty
      Torque Converter faulty or incorrect Torque Converter installed
      Solenoid Valve 7 (N94)/Pressure Regulating Valve 4 (N218) faulty
      Torque Converter Pressure Valve faulty
      Valve for Torque Converter Clutch faulty
      Torque Converter Lock-Up Clutch faulty/worn our

      Possible Solutions

      Check Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) Level
      Check Transmission Sealing
      Check Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF)
      Check Torque Converter
      Check Solenoid Valve 7 (N94)/Pressure Regulating Valve 4 (N218)
      Check Torque Converter Pressure Valve
      Check Valve for Torque Converter Clutch
      Check Torque Converter Lock-Up Clutch
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/3/2012 HouseCallAuto
      1. Inspect the harness between the transaxle and the main loom. Open the pigtail and try to stretch the wires.

      2. Test the transaxle Torque Converter Clutch (TCC) solenoid resistance. Test from terminal E to terminal K. Compare to F to G and then A to B.

      3. If the resistance from E to K does not match the other 2, the TCC solenoid is defective.

      The wires are prone to breaking inside the insulation.
      7/4/2012 ROB
      thanks for the help but i have some more info first gear shifts smooth second gear shifts hard but if i get on th gas a lot more it seems to shift smoother it also seems to be running extremely high RPMs like it has a low preasure issue but at 70 mph it runs at about 3200 rpms ! heyt how do i check the terminal like u were saying? and which sensor is the Tcc sensor?
      and u said th wires r proned to breaking where do i look? and the pig tale u talking about where it plugs in to th computer and how
  • shonah
    shonah - 1997 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/26/2012
    My daughter has a 97 saturn with a 5 spd manual transmission. The gear shift seems to "float" and she cannot change grs
    It is stuck in the last gear she hit which appears to be 3rd or 4th and it can't be it has become disconnected.. what could be the cause?
    0 answer
  • johnprice
    johnprice - 2004 Saturn Ion-2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/26/2012
    When placing transmission shift lever in park the key will not turn to the off position so i can remove the key.
    i believe the neutral safety switch or shifting linkage needs adjusting???????
    • sam
      6/26/2012 sam
      check the gouger at the dashboard some time when is not on P gouger has to be adjustor.
  • tom
    tom - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/24/2012
    I put it in gear and nothing happens in any gear , the car doesnt move
    0 answer
  • Paul
    Paul - 2009 Saturn Aura - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/23/2012
    When driving ,specificlly when excellerating,it feels like there is a hesitation.It feels like the transmission might be
    slipping.Or a problem with the fuel injectors. What do you think it might be?
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      The problem is likely a defective throttle position sensor or a MAF sensor. Verify these faults using a scan tool. Post them here so we can translate them and give repair recommendations. Check also the condition of your transmission fluid, if it is brown replace it with new filter. Your vehicle is subject for warranty, ask your dealer about your concerns.
    • yboy82
      7/6/2011 yboy82
      Did you already diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool to verify if there is a stored trouble code? And if possible check the 64 TSB's and 1 Recall for your vehicle on this link
    • BrookeShannon
      6/23/2012 BrookeShannon
      I have the same problem with my 2009 Saturn Aura. It is quite scary, actually, because if I am trying to speed up to pass someone, or pull out onto a busy street, and the vehicle hesitates, I wonder if it is going to even accelerate at all sometimes!! Did anyone ever find the answer to this question?? I have looked briefly through the 64TBSs and 1 recall for the vehicle, but do not see anything that would pertain to this. Pleas let me know if you can help!
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  • rhultz
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/20/2012 HouseCallAuto
      No you do not have to pull the engine out but you will need to rent an engine support bar that mounts on top of the strut towers and holds the motor from dropping down when you unbolt the various tranny and engine support mounts.
      6/20/2012 rhultz
      awesome thank you. do you know where i can rent one
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/20/2012 HouseCallAuto
      most repair shops have this tool. Maybe you could make a deal to rent it from them for $20. Rental store *might* have one available.
  • rhultz
    rhultz - 2000 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/15/2012
    Transmission getting really hot. shifting fine. just getting screamin hot. dont know what to do
    0 answer
  • rhultz
    rhultz - 2000 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/10/2012
    Do i have to pull the engine out to put in a new main trans seal ?
    • Jimm
      6/10/2012 Jimm
      Not necessarily, you could simply remove the transmission instead of the engine.
  • Jason
    Jason - 1994 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/31/2012
    My a/c unit kicks on but wont stay on. Is it because I have no refrigerant left in the system?
    It kicks on and off repeatedly and I have just put refrigerant in it a few days before and now there is none. Im pretty sure I have a leak but will that cause the system to stop working completely?
    • thanassis
      5/31/2012 thanassis
      Looks that you have some refrigerant , but not the full amount that your system needs.
  • Carmel
    Carmel - 2007 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/31/2012
    Difficulty shifting gears, not smooth, as if sludge build up or something.
    My 2007 Saturn Vue 100K (manual trans.)seems to have some difficulty changing gears. Going into 1st gear a lot of times can be somewhat of a hassle. If it doesn't go easily sometimes I'll let the car roll slightly and then it will go right into gear also changing ...
    0 answer
  • chad
    • Jimm
      11/5/2011 Jimm
      Usually this is an indication of worn / faulty CV joints in the halfshafts (front-engine driveshafts). Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts
    • AutoMD Member
      5/26/2012 AutoMD Member
      CV Joint
  • Tina Lynn
    Tina Lynn - 1999 Saturn SW1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/26/2012
    My Stick shift snapped and I want to check the cables myself to see if I can reconnect them myself. After I remove the
    console what do I do next?
    • AutoMD Member
      5/26/2012 AutoMD Member
      ok, there are several links online to fix this. You need a small bolt, 2 washers, 2 lawn and garden hose gaskets and a nut that fits the bolt. Next you will need a drill and a small bit, I don't remember the size. You can figure that out once you open up the shifter console and see the cable and where it connects. The last thing you need is a very steady hand. What happened is there is a soft metal ball at the end of your cable, if slides into a circular fitting that Saturn is fully aware of and all its faults. They will replace the entire thing for around $700.00 you can fix it yourself for under $2.00 yes two dollars. Once you see the connection, you will see how it works but the idea is that you have to drill the little metal ball, a whole threw the middle of it. after drilling it, put the ball back in the plastic fitting and then put the gaskets around it. then the solid large washers that you baught, I also bought lock washers. I'm one of those over do it guys. I then placed the bolt threw and nutted it up. I use a lock nut by the way. Told you I was a over do it kind of guy. look online there are several sites with great pictures. Its an easy job, a beginners level job, if you can hold a drill.

      here is a site that has some good photos but not the way I did it. Obviously either will work, I like mine because its a little more perminant.
  • Rancy
    Rancy - 2000 Saturn LS2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 5/23/2012
    What does it mean when my Saturn ls 2000 RPM runs faster than my MpH
    My Saturn ls2 will not go pass 80mph but the Rpm goes 5rpm?