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Old 02-16-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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I've owned my 2002 SL for five years. It's been a good car during that time. The only trouble it has had was due to the negligence of inept mechanics, so now I do maintenance and repairs myself. Speaking of which, richpin's Youtube videos have been an invaluable resource and I have used them many times. I don't think there's any way I can adequately thank him for the amount of money and headaches he's saved me.

I've also got a technical question, but I'm not sure where to post it, so I'll put it here and maybe someone can point me in the right direction:

Before you read, I want to know if the shift cables or even oil change can affect the self-adjustment of the clutch plate.

January of 2008 I first noticed my clutch slipping while I was driving in fifth gear and put the gas pedal to the floor. The problem got slightly worse over the next few months. I brought the car to many mechanics - including two Saturn dealerships - and the verdict was always the same: the clutch was bad and needed to be replaced.

My car only had 40k miles at the time and I know how to shift a car, so this didn't seem to make sense.

Over the course of a year, it got worse. Also, about six months ago, I noticed a squeal when I depress the clutch. I surmised this is the pilot bearing.

Last month, exactly one year after I first noticed my clutch problem, my up/down shift cable snapped while I was driving. I didn't know this at the time, but I did know the car was stuck in fifth gear. I was at a busy intersection and the only way to safely move my car was to drive onto the shoulder in fifth gear with the clutch slipping badly. When I got out of my car, I could smell the clutch burning.

I received estimates of $400 to replace the shift cables. I went to the junkyard and picked up a pair for $23 and installed them myself in two hours. When I got the car running, the clutch was slipping worse than ever. It would slide into first gear, and I had to be incredibly careful when accelerating.

The next week I changed the oil.

Two days later, my clutch problem disappeared completely. It has now been over two weeks and it's driving like new. I can be driving 30, or even 25, slam it into fifth gear and mash the gas pedal, and the clutch won't budge. The pilot bearing doesn't squeal any more either.

What happened? Should I be worried or relieved? And does this have anything to do with the new shift cables?

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to Saturnfans!

Just repost what you already wrote by copying and pasting everything but the first few introductory sentences, in the S-tech forums with a new topic. You'll have suggestions soon afterwards.

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #3
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:43 PM   #4
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