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Old 12-13-2009, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Huge tranny issue

Lately, it has become impossible to get my car in gear, and when i was driving, the car would only **** into gear at around 1800rpms

i drove from home to school about 45 min, and when i got off the exit, i put the car in nuetral, and after that i coudlnt get the car back into gear, and sat there for 10 minutes, i finally got it to grind into 3rd and barely made it to my building.

Side note - even when it was impossible to shove the car in gear, it did not grind, and when shifting gears, it did not grind, it fell right into gear if i left it pushed against it.

About 5 hours later, i went to my car to get my stuff and just to see, i tried putting the car into gear, and to my disbelief, it went it every gear no issue except for reverse

the car was not running but im almost positive it didnt do this before then

I changed the tranny fluid this weekend, it did not help whatsoever

Does anyone have any clue whats going on?

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Old 12-13-2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Well...it would probably help to know the year, model, and whether it is an automatic or manual....

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Old 12-14-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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sorry about that...1995 saturn sl1 manual 123k miles, clutch supposedly installed aorund 25k ago
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
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It's usually the shifter linkage cables that stretch out on those older SL's. Though the failure mode is usually that you get grinding into gear or inability to get into one or more gears at all. Also do you know if the previous owner ever changed the fluid in the transmission? You might want to check into that too.

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Old 12-14-2009, 04:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: Huge tranny issue

Earlier SL's had some issues with the hydrolic clutch slave cylinders. I had a 1992 SL and a 1994 SC fail. The car became impossible to put into gear with the motor running, but would shift easily with the car turned off. Both failed at about 35,000 miles on mine.

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