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Old 11-28-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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2004 ION-2 Quad Coupe
1998 Outlook XR
Dizzy cvt trouble?

well i purchased my first saturn...i got an 03 ion quad coupe...it was/is a salvage vehicle...i bought it with the intentions on making myself a nice little ride during my spare time this winter...well i pull it off the tow truck and prep it with the throttle postion sensor wich was damaged and assuming i can just drive it and park it...well not so much the case...i give it some gas and it just barely moves...so i give it more...still barely anything finally it gains a little momentum...(now i dont usually work on newer cars keep that in mind too much computer stuff)....so it feels to me like the tranny is low on fluid....the engine is strong but it feels like its just slipping and barely catching...i go thru the handbook wich was no help, and eventually find the fill plug under a wire harness...no dipstick so i have no clue how to tell how much fluid...i look it up online and it says you should be able to see it...well it looks wet just no sign of any major ammount of fluid...so i went and got some automatic transmission fluid dex/merc (i know its not the right stuff) and mixed it in the cap (with a little from inside the tranny) to see if there was any type of reaction between the two...none...so i put 4 quarts in still not seeming full i said heck with it and put the cap on and started the car up and just checked to see if i felt a different...not much if any but im not sure if there is even enough fluid in it...i only moved it maybe 5 feet...i put some white cardboard underneath the car to see if i could find any leaks...and nothing...so here i am with a infamously bad transmission that seems to be having a problem, had no leak i can see, but still no fluid in it...the guy at the salvage yard had drove it to move it several times before i bought it supposedly...if this thing is shot (im going to flush the transmission and refill it with the proper fluid)...then what can i do optionwise...i have rad allot and get allot of contradictory info...one thing for sure is no one seems to think its a good idea keeping the cvt in... can i switch it to a manual easily...can i put one of the various other transmissions that bolt to other ecotecs in it...like an auto from a cobalt or sinfire? or even an 03 ion 4 door sedan auto in it? help me out...i have been doing tons of reading and im getting just about nowhere
justin

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