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Old 01-18-2018, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default Hard shift after hard acceleration

I been noticing lately that on my Saturn L300 that after hard acceleration that I get a Service Wrench light. This isn't the same as the 1-2 slamshift but you differently can feel the change when this happens. But isn't limited to 1-2 but also 2-3 and 3-4 range so not sure what might causing this. I did have the 1-2 solenoid repaired and since then worked fine. But during the Slamshift after driving for some time it would come on but the hard drive shift in all range only happens when you done hard acceleration like passing otherwise it never rears it's ugly head. So has anyone had this happening lately. My 03 Saturn L300 is now entering 250K range and the only major tranx was the 1-2 repair.

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Old 01-18-2018, 06:26 PM   #2
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It could be the pressure solenoid that needs replacing.

My son has a 2003 L300 which has hard shifting coupled with the wrench light on. We had it checked out by an auto tranny shop. The guy used his Tech 11 and told us that the tranny was compensating by keeping the pressure high. He told us that the condition could stay like that for a long time if the car wasn't used continuously for long journeys (it isn't). The other option was a rebuild at a cost of $2000.00. That's over 12 months since, the car still does it's little party piece, but hasn't gotten worse. If you don't mind cursing a lot and spending the weekend under the car, dropping the tranny down slightly, taking off the side panel and replacing the solenoids will (should) rectify the condition.

My best advice would be get it checked out with the Tech 11, given it's throwing codes with the wrench light coming on and then you can make an informed decision on what to do next.

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Old 01-20-2018, 03:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: Hard shift after hard acceleration

Unfortunately I did replace the 1-2 slamshift some time back. And the problem now doesn't exhibit the same problem how it happens. The slamshift for mine happened when normal drives this other problem happens after hard acceleration like passing then it happens no to long after that. But drive normally any other days and nothing happens. I'll have another that does Tranx do a checkup and ask him and see if he can get time to check it out.

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Old 01-20-2018, 06:59 PM   #4
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You need to get the codes to see for sure. My wife's was doing the hard shifting with the wrench light on and I replaced the pressure control solenoid and it solved the issue. The solenoid cost me about 40 bucks. Some trans fluid and a few hours later it was all good.

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Old 01-21-2018, 12:00 PM   #5
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You need to get the codes to see for sure. My wife's was doing the hard shifting with the wrench light on and I replaced the pressure control solenoid and it solved the issue. The solenoid cost me about 40 bucks. Some trans fluid and a few hours later it was all good.
Was this just on normal drives or after doing hard acceleration like passing and then back to normal driving?

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Old 01-22-2018, 02:36 PM   #6
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Was this just on normal drives or after doing hard acceleration like passing and then back to normal driving?
It didn't really matter for the most part.

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Old 01-23-2018, 06:55 PM   #7
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It didn't really matter for the most part.
I do know it hasn't happened and it does happen after doing 5K rpm passing the problem shows up but been driving regularly and it hasn't shown up.

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Old 01-24-2018, 09:10 AM   #8
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Default Re: Hard shift after hard acceleration

You should get the code read. It could be an issue unrelated to the tranny. Perhaps at high rpm the mass air sensor is malfunctioning.

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Old 02-07-2018, 06:22 PM   #9
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Default Re: Hard shift after hard acceleration

I know I am trying to get it in but WI Cold doesn't help here. But I also not wonder if low Tranx fluid isn't causing it as well. But I have to get past this WI Cold to the shop so he can take a look.

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