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  • jmr1265
    jmr1265 - 2002 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/14/2012
    Do i need to replace slave valve
    Girlfriend ran clutch fluid dry. Her brother refilled master cylinder and tried to bleed clutch. He didnt now if there was a bleeder valve or not. Had her pump clutch pedal until stiff. Didnt work long. I went to look at it and now its leaking clutch fluid from ...
     
    • melsauto
      2/14/2012 melsauto
      Some vehicles have a slave cylinder outside the transmission housing, some have them internal if the slave cylinder is leaking it definitely needs to be replaced.
      melsauto
      2/14/2012 jmr1265
      Could it be because he wasnt bleeding it right?
    • rick
      2/14/2012 rick
      Don't think it had anything to do with the bleeding . The master cylinder was dry to start with . That shows it has been leaking . Fluid don't just disappear .
  • monarch538
    monarch538 - 2002 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/2/2012
    Cluch cable broken at shifer
    i have a 5 speed the cable has broken where they connect at the jount the gear shift an the cable
     
    • Camarozen
      2/2/2012 Camarozen
      Then the cable will need to be replaced, which depending on how it connects into the transmission could be easy or difficult to replace. Many are accessable without removing the transmission from the vehicle, you will have to look at how it connects to the transmission.
      Camarozen
      2/2/2012 monarch538
      do you have a cable for this?
      Camarozen
      2/2/2012 monarch538
      is there a video
      Camarozen
      2/2/2012 Camarozen
      You may be able to find the cable at a local junk yard or auto parts store, I would search you-tube for a video if you like, however the repair manual (factory, haynes or chilton) will have step by step instructions for it, Most of the time on manual transaxles, the shifter cable is accessible from the rear of the transmission and is routed either through the firewall or under the vehicle. This service would be easier with a lift, but could be done with the vehicle up on jack stands.
  • monarch538
    monarch538 - 2002 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/2/2012
    Gear shift lever broken
    where you chane the gears is broken at the joint
     
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  • brel
    brel - 2000 Saturn SW2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/26/2012
    I have a 2000 Saturn SW2 manual. When I start the car after its been off for a while, it makes random clicking sounds
    have a 2000 Saturn SW2 manual. When I start the car after its been off for a while, it makes random (i.e. no rhythm) clicking/(light metal on metal?) sounds, and sound like its coming from the front of the passenger seat side area. This occurs in low gears and once ...
     
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  • proway
    proway - 2003 Saturn L200 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/13/2012
    Installing axles on a 2003 Saturn L200
    I am having trouble installing the axles on a saturn 2003 L200. They will slide in up to the retaining ring but I cant get them to move further whereby the ring clips into its grove. There seems to be no damage preventing this.
     
    • Spoon Sports
      1/13/2012 Spoon Sports
      Im sorry but without being there to see it personally, I am only as good as giving you the directions

      # 1

      Remove the hubcap from the wheel by prying it off with a screwdriver at the edge.
      # 2

      Remove the axle nut from the axle with a 32mm socket and a long breaker bar. The axle nut is held on to about 120 foot-pounds and will require that you use a substantial amount of force to remove it. The longer the breaker bar, the easier it will be to remove.
      # 3

      Jack up the Saturn and place it on jack stands.
      # 4

      Remove the wheels with a lug nut wrench.
      # 5

      Remove the castle nut from the bottom of the ball joint with a ratchet. Remove the cotter pin from the castle nut with needle nose pliers before you remove the nut.
      # 6

      Separate the steering knuckle from the lower control arm with a ball joint separator. Place the ball joint separator between the lower control arm and the steering knuckle and use a hammer to hit the end of the ball joint separator until the ball joint breaks free. Alternatively, use a hammer to hit the side of the lower control arm where the ball joint fits into it, and the ball joint will break free.
      # 7

      Pull the steering knuckle toward you and remove the axle from it.
      # 8

      Pry between the transmission case and the axle with a pry bar until the axle breaks free. Pull the axle out of the Saturn.
      # 9

      Place the new axle into the transmission and route it through the steering knuckle.
      # 10

      Place a new pin into the axle and line it up with the transmission stub that the axle fits onto. Hammer the pin into the groove.
      # 11

      Tighten the axle nut with a ratchet.
      # 12

      Place the ball joint through the lower control arm and tighten the castle nut with a ratchet, then place the cotter pin through it.
      # 13

      Reinstall the wheel and lower the Saturn.
      # 14

      Tighten the axle nut to 120 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.


    • ARMY OF 4 TIRES
      1/13/2012 ARMY OF 4 TIRES
      I know what you're tallking about those clips are a bitch, I've actually bent one trying to get it in. what I did was put it up to where it goes in, put the other end in the knuckle and gave it a good whack, it worked but I dind't do it hard enough to damage the axle
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/13/2012 HouseCallAuto
      In some cases, carefully remove the old clips and install them on the new axles as I have found that sometimes the wire diameter is larger on the new clips. Just be very careful that you do not distort the clips while removing and installing them.
  • kevin
    kevin - 2001 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/10/2012
    What could cause hard shifting and loss of power while accelerating?
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      The causes of hard shifting are the following: improper fluid level. Improper band/clutch application pressure. Main control assembly gaskets damaged or bolt out of torque. Main control separator plate damaged. Main control solenoid stuck or damaged. Intermediate band improperly adjusted. Overdrive band not properly adjusted.
      And for the loss of power issue, there are various reasons for this and must use a scan tool to determine the exact faults. Have the engine scanned for trouble codes and post it here, then we will translate the code for you and give suggestions.
    • Bee
      1/10/2012 Bee
      It is the [TPS] my car did the same thing and this is what the code was cost about $30.00
  • felipe
    felipe - 2002 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/6/2012
    Delay engaement in reverse
    when is hot
     
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  • proway
    proway - 2003 Saturn L200 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/4/2012
    On my Saturn 2003 L200; I have lost reverse and 1st gear completely.
    At first when cold they would be slugish but would work when warmed up. Now they donnot work at all.
     
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  • dmjs62
    dmjs62 - 1998 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/4/2012
    Why won't the car move when it is in gear and clutch pedal is released? Clutch is almost new.
    My son went to move the car and released the clutch pedal quickly in first gear with the park brake still on. Instead of the car stalling like it usually would he heard a popping sound. Now when I put it in gear and release the clutch the speedometer climbs (faster ...
     
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  • Captain Al
    Captain Al - 1998 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/1/2012
    Auto trans clunks loudly when changing gears. What's wrong?
     
    0 answer
  • sal
    sal - 2004 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/31/2011
    Car has trouble engaging into gears and waiting at a stop in drive makes a loud noise
    transmission fluid level checked ok. seems to be getting worse as we drive help?
     
    • azas2
      12/31/2011 azas2
      It maybe that there is to little oil presure in the gearbox, or the oil cooling isnt working properly.
      sr for bad english
  • Jennifer1983
    Jennifer1983 - 2002 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/27/2011
    How much would it cost to replace the clutch in a 2002 Saturn SC1 and how do u do it?
    Whenever i shift into another gear or even when i drive in the same gear the RPM's jump from 2 to 4, it loses power going up hills
     
    • yboy82
      12/26/2011 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
    • don
      12/27/2011 don
      jenn does your trans. slip or you take off and you car don't want to go at first????????????????? write back and tell.............................................
      don
      1/5/2012 Jennifer1983
      it takes off but very slowly, when its taking off the rpms jump from 2 to 5
  • Terrance MacFarlane
    Terrance MacFarlane - 2005 Saturn Ion - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/24/2011
    Car starts fine but when I move from "park" or "neutral" to "drive" it kills.
     
    • Bill
      12/24/2011 Bill
      Could be transmission torque converter lockup, but I believe it is the Idle control module Check connections..
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/24/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Are you able to prevent it from stalling by giving it gas?
      HouseCallAuto
      12/26/2011 Terrance MacFarlane
      I was 5 miles from home Xmas Eve when it died as I was slowing down for a Stop Sign. As I said I put it in Park and Neutral to try to start it but it stalled every time I put it in Drive. I eventually noticed that the RPMs were near 0 so I did rev it up which worked better than not doing it. After about ten tries I got going but stalled out at two more Red Lights before getting home. It must have taken ten more tries at each of those Red Lights to restart it.
  • markdins
    markdins - 2006 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/21/2011
    My all wheel drive has intermittent vibration at low speeds. What causes this?
    At low speeds, 35 mph, I feel a vibration in the drivetrain.
     
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