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  • 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.
    0 answer
  • lorlaz
    lorlaz - 1998 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/18/2011
    My car won't shift out of park if it's cold outside, untli it has warmed up for quite a while, what could this be?
    an estimate on how much it would cost to repair, please?
  • kim
    kim - 1996 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/13/2011
    Car wont reverse, could it be clutch pack
    • yboy82
      12/13/2011 yboy82
      What kind of transmission do you have? Is it a manual transmission or an automatic transmission? Did you check the condition of your transmission shift cable (might be loose/broken)?
  • tracey
    tracey - 1995 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/6/2011
    Why does the drivers side axle keep popping out of the transmission when turning left
    0 answer
  • kel
    kel - 2002 Saturn L200 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/4/2011
    My car wouldn't go in gear and then something started smoking under the hood
    Not sure but was shifting a little hard yesterday
    0 answer
  • badmg13
    badmg13 - 2001 Saturn L300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/30/2011
    Where do i find the dipstick to check transmission fluid?
    • Jimm
      11/30/2011 Jimm
      The Saturn '01 '02/'03 L200/L300's don't have transmission dipsticks most likely reflecting Saturn's confidence of a leak-free transmission, leaving only a red fill cap on the transmission. The actual method for checking transmission level is a very abnormal method; parking on a level surface, removing the transmission oil level bolt/cap from the transmission, observing whether or not fluid flows out. Excess fluid will flow out automatically establishing the proper level and amount of transmission fluid. Less would mean topping off by pouring some into the top access fill hole and observing if fluid flows out the leveled drain hole until fluid flows out. This would indicate proper levels and replacing the top and access plug is all that's necessary. Messy as compared to the old method.
      The access bolt will be sized differently from the other bolts holding the transmission sump on. I would assume your '01 L300 is the same. Use regular Dexron ATF red transmission fluid.
  • katcan
    katcan - 2002 Saturn L100 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/29/2011
    My car makes loud humming noise when I go over 40 miles.(noise is like going over a suspention bridge)
    On passenger side my fried says it sounds like a repeated thump. It has 62,000 miles. I first noticed while on a long interstate dr. (By the way my a/c stopped cooling around the same time. There are no kind of warning lights on.I am wondering if this needs to be ...
    • jdl
      11/11/2011 jdl
      Rotate the tires, see if it makes any difference? Also, safely raise and support the vehicle, roll the tires, push in and out, up and down, side to side. Can you see, feel, hear, and anything. Also look at suspension and halfshaft.
      11/11/2011 katcan
      thanks jdl, i will have to take to mechanic to do that.I did recently have big job done on front passenger side on brakes, rotors and something else-big job. But the car had been in an accident and that was the side that was hit. I wonder if he would have noticed if something else was wrong?Thank you so much for your response.
    • jdl
      11/11/2011 jdl
      If you can't find anything, yourself, put it in the shop, I wouldn't drive it like that.
    • cuz
      11/29/2011 cuz
      It sounds like you have a broken belt, flat spot, or mabe some cuffing in one of your tires. From the sounds of it should be an easy fix. Good luck taking it to the shop sounds like a great idea.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/29/2011 HouseCallAuto
      This reeks of a bad hub bearing.
  • Tony
    Tony - 2001 Saturn LW300 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2011
    Transmission is OK when cold, shudders when hot.
    The automatic transmission fluid is full and looks OK. I don't know about the state of the filter. When the engine is cold, it runs fine. Once the engine is hot, the car "jerks" when changing gear. Especially when in the low gears. The "service engine" light ...
    • Spoon Sports
      11/25/2011 Spoon Sports
      Usually that's torque converter clutch shudder. New MERCON V fluid or the equivalent for your car often will fix it. If it doesn't you need to replace the torque converter to fix it.

      Service engine is lighted up huh. CEL is different from Service Engine by the way, Service is more of like preventive maintenance, CEL means something is wrong.
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/25/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Read the codes and post the code here. Update the same post. How can you know for sure that the transmission is the cause of the jerking? Maybe the engine has a misfire.
  • ignacio becerra
    ignacio becerra - 1997 Saturn SC1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/11/2011
    Where do i find the neutral switch on a saturn 1997
    • chinasinoy
      11/11/2011 chinasinoy
      it should be on the passenger's side of the transmission
  • Sidney
    Sidney - 2006 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/7/2011
    Hard to shift manual transmisson first thing in morning.
    After warmed up its fine.
    • Spoon Sports
      11/7/2011 Spoon Sports
      If it's a manual it's possible you are getting close to needing a clutch. Or it can be that oil is cold and thick due to ambient temperature as transmission heats up oil thins out
  • kenneth
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2011 HouseCallAuto
      At the very least you have to try to bleed the air from the slave cylinder. worst case is replace the clutch master and slave cylinder and bleed it. Your clutch pedal is not completely disengaging the rotating ass'y when you are driving but when the car is off these parts are not rotating, that is why it shifts with the car off.
  • Deborah Stachowski
    Deborah Stachowski - 2001 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/16/2011
    Only when driving in rain and water is getting in underneath the car begins to make a loud rumble and grinding noice.
    85,000miles While driving in rain only. I notice it after a fuel censor was put in when they go an evape diagnoises. Took out gas tank an line. Yes check engine light was on then. No warning lights. This started after they tookthe bottom of my car apart. Water is ...
    • Bill
      10/16/2011 Bill
      I would guess it is getting in where the front bottom engine shroud is supposed to be and water is hitting the fan blades
      10/17/2011 Deborah Stachowski
      Thank you for your answer. I think you just might be right because it sounds like it is right in that place. Thank you, now I have something I can tell my mechanic.
  • simon
    simon - 1996 Saturn SL - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/12/2011
    Need to know how do i bleead a clutch slave ciylinder
    my clutch has no pressure because i dont know how to bleead the clutch slave cylinder
    • Spoon Sports
      10/12/2011 Spoon Sports
      Slide the box end wrench over the top of the bleeder valve on the clutch slave cylinder. The slave cylinder on many Saturn vehicles will be on the passenger side down by the wheel well, although the exact location will vary according to the model. The bleeder valve is a small screw with a hole in the top of it.

      Place the tubing over the top of the valve opening. Make sure it fits snug and won't come off.

      Place the other end of the tubing into the catch pan or glass jar.

      Have an assistant pump the clutch several times and then hold the clutch pedal to the floor.

      Open the bleeder valve by turning the screw counterclockwise. You will notice some fluid and air bubbles coming out of the valve. This is normal.

      Close the valve by turning the screw clockwise.

      Tell the assistant to let their foot off the clutch pedal.

      Repeat steps 4 through 7 until all of the air is out of the lines (no more air bubbles coming through the plastic tubing). Periodically, check the fluid levels in the clutch master cylinder on the firewall. The cap on the cylinder should be marked as clutch fluid. Make sure that the fluid levels do not drop below the lower mark on the reservoir tank.
  • Gary G
    Gary G - 1998 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/10/2011
    What transmission line goes where?
    which line from the radiator goes to what port on the transmission.
    0 answer
  • pat
    pat - 2006 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/28/2011
    What could cause my vue to be extremely loud when i am driving it?
    approximately 41000 miles,i first noticed it about a month sounds loud under the hood while i am driving. no warning lights are on
    0 answer