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Old 01-09-2021, 04:08 AM   #1
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2004 L-Series 2.2L Sedan
2004 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Wrench Saturn Stuck in 3rd Gear

Hello friends, I recently joined this website because I need some help with my car. I have a 2004 Saturn L300 V6, Automatic, that my dad was using temporarily. One day he said he heard a “pop” and then it basically was rendered useless. What happens is that when i’m in park, it says it’s in 3rd gear. If i select any of the other gears, it says it’s in 3rd. It’ll only rev up to 2,000 rpm’s when in neutral or park. After it heats up for about 10-20 minutes then it starts to surge forward slowly. It’ll go forward like one foot, then stop, go forward, then stop repeatedly. I replaced the TCM with a used one with no luck. I checked my fuses to find none were blown. I replaced the neutral safety switch, with no luck. I can change gears but the light stays on 3rd and won’t move. I’ve searched and searched on these forums to find a possible fix but i either didn’t understand or tried the possible fixes. It has around 125,000 miles and drove fine for about 4 months since i owned the car, then all of a sudden, something went wrong. Also replaced the Cat, spark plugs, and ignition coil packs. I just step on the gas and floor it, and the car won’t do much. I’ll mostly sit idle and won’t rev much or at all. If anyone could help me, i’d appreciate it. I’m not the most savvy when it comes to the technological side of things but i tend to try to repair things myself before i spend the money to go to a mechanic that’ll only guess. (Which is what is happening lol) Thanks!

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