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Old 11-01-2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default 2000 Saturn SL1 Transmission Problem

My daughter's 2000 sl1 has just developed a transmission problem. Her car wouldn't go over about 40km/h so she turned around and drove slowly home. She then discovered that some fluid was leaking pretty good. I am expecting the worst, tranny shot, but hoping for her sake that maybe it is just a gasket or seal and she didn't do too much damage by driving home. She said the CEL came on on the way home but she is a couple of hours away from where I live so I can't check the codes. Looking to get some feedback from anyone that may have had a similar problem and what came of it. Thanks for any replies.

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Old 11-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2000 Saturn SL1 Transmission Problem

Leaking fluid is not a good sign, at best the fluid is leaking from a bad seal on the transmission filter(it's a spin-on filter, just like the oil filter)
At worst the Differential pin has come loose and shot a hole in the transmission case, trashing the tranny.

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Old 11-05-2008, 08:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2000 Saturn SL1 Transmission Problem

Thanks for the reply Rick. Whew! It turned out that it was the best case, the fluid was leaking out of the filter seal so it only cost her $90 for a fluid and filter change which was probably due to be done anyway. She did pay $50 to get it towed but she is still very happy.
Not sure why the filter seal would fail but a possibility is that she had gone to a quicky oil change place and they might have loosened the tranny filter thinking it was the oil filter and then not tightened it properly when they noticed that it was the wrong filter.
Anyway a happy ending.

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Old 11-05-2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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....if you call paying $90 for something you could do in your driveway for $30-ish "happy". Not to mention you lost the opportunity to "upgrade" to synthetic ATF. Fah, water (or ATF) under the bridge.

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Old 11-05-2008, 11:39 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2000 Saturn SL1 Transmission Problem

Well considering that my daughter lives in an apartment with no where to do jobs like that, lives a couple of hours away from where I live, needs her car for work and drove it, slowly at least, with little tranny fluid in it to get home. She was and is quite happy to not have to either replace or rebuild the tranny at a much higher cost.
I am always on both my daughters to keep up on the maintenance of their cars as they need to take responsibility for their cars and not always rely on me. So I look at this as a fairly cheap lesson for her.

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