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Old 12-03-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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i just bought a 2000 saturn sl1 and used to the last cent i had to get it.. now that i bought it the tranny doesnt want to shift right away and after being driven for a about 1 1/2-2 hours, it will slip. also, when put in reverse it doesnt catch right away and knocks in hard. i read some other threads and they said the first thing to do is to check the voltage of the alternator? could i maybe get some more detail on that?

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:20 PM   #2
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You need a good DVM for best results. Measure the battery voltage after the car has been off and sitting for several hours, overnight is best, measure the voltage between the 2 connection bolts. Voltage should be 12.8v to 12.6v. Now start the car and let it idle for 5 minutes or so and then increase the idle to 1400 to 1500 RPM and measure the battery voltage while maintaining this high idle RPM, voltage should be 13.8v to 14.7v. If you get these readings then the battery and alternator are good.

Take the measurements and post back.

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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ok thank you i will post back once i get it

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:28 PM   #4
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If it's an automatic tranny turn the engine on and check the fluid.
It sounds like there might be a leak.
That's why it's just now starting to slip.

if it's low put some fluid in and see if you have the same problem.

You might have to keep refilling the fluid untill you get it fixed.

I don't recomend any tranny stop leaks, but ... I've never tried any.

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Old 12-03-2008, 08:02 PM   #5
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Search reverse slam. Do wolfman procedure.

Alternator testing can be found in the how-to library as a video under the first sticky.

Change the ECTS. This controls many sub systems of the car including tranny operations. This is well worth the 8 bucks at the local store.

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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in response to jeremu i changed the trans filter and flushed and put new fluid in, i think previously before i put new fluid in the pervious owner put to much in, but the fliter and fluid looked clean so i think he had it done before he sold it to me

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Go for a drive and check the level according to your owners manual when its hot. Level is very important.

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Old 12-15-2008, 05:44 PM   #8
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great thanks alot guys i checked the voltage on my alternator and it seems alright, iand i finally changed the ECTS, and my check engine light actually came off i guess from taking out the neg. terminal from my battery didnt know i could do that . anyway i drove it around for a few miles and it seems alright. thanks again!

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