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  • Cesar Pina
    Cesar Pina - 2000 Saturn SC2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/12/2012
    My car has an automatic transmission an is seems like is hard to move the shifter to any position. Is this a problem?
    I just bought the car and I don't know if the shifter should be like that. It is harder than other cars to shift to any position. D, R, N, 1, 2.
    • yboy82
      4/12/2012 yboy82
      When is the last time that you replaced your transmission fluid and filter? It is possible that your transmission fluid is already deteriorating and/or your fuel filter is dirty/clogged.
  • Bill and Rachael
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/4/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Good luck - Similar
    • Jay Giron
      4/4/2012 Jay Giron
      You have a pressed in ball bearings.
      You have to replace the bearing or the hub assembly.
      You do not lube pressed in ball bearing.
  • Rancy
    Rancy - 2000 Saturn LS2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/2/2012
    Why is oil leaking out my axles?
    Dark oil slowly leaking between the axles an transmission
  • anthee
    anthee - 2006 Saturn Vue - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/18/2012
    Loose clutch stick I can't use the clutch anymore
    Before its broken it was hard for me To use the clutch
    0 answer
  • Moreen
    Moreen - 2002 Saturn L200 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/15/2012
    I cannot find my transmission oil dip stick, I have been told that some do not have a dip stick. It is an automatic.
    where would I change the fluid and how? I cannot find any info for an automatic trans. without a dipstick. where would the dipstick be?
    • Spoon Sports
      3/15/2012 Spoon Sports
      Many of the Saturn L series automatic transmissions do not have a dipstick. They are the "new breed" of transmissions that are SUPPOSED to be trouble free. When you take it in to have the transmission serviced they will make sure it is filled and not leaking. Other than that, follow the instructions in the owners manual and have the transmission serviced (oil and filter changed) according to the schedule in the book.
  • writewilsonback
    writewilsonback - 1996 Saturn SL2 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/1/2012
    What could cause too much tension on shifting cables in a manual 96 saturn sl2 1.9 L engine?
    4 sets of these cables have broken in the same place within 2 days of installation each time. The gears are tight but are not popping out of gear.
    0 answer
  • TwiztedTiffsta
    TwiztedTiffsta - 1999 Saturn SL1 - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/22/2012
    Loud noise got louder?
    My exhaust has been loud for sometime now, but 2 nights ago it got even louder then my music. Is that still my exhaust or something else also?
    0 answer
  • buckley
    buckley - 2000 Saturn LS - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/21/2012
    The car dosnt work in revers and in nutual the car still moves
    • mari
      2/20/2012 mari
      has the fuel pump went out
    • Frank's Auto
      2/21/2012 Frank's Auto
      Sounds like the shift line is out of adjustment or there might be internal trans failure.
  • 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.
      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.
      2/2/2012 monarch538
      do you have a cable for this?
      2/2/2012 monarch538
      is there a video
      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
    0 answer
  • 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 ...
    0 answer
  • 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.

      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.