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How to repair reverse gear on1993to1996 saturn transmissions(automatic)

This tip might work on other year transmissions I have only tried it on 1993 to1996 saturns.If your transmission gives out try this.Jack up front end of saturn and put on jack stannds.Pull drivers side front wheel.Pull off plastic cover exposes the side of tranny. remove carter pin and nut holding tie rod end.Remove lower control arm carter pin and nut from lower control arm.Take large screw driver and pry loose lower control arm from strut mount.Loosen brake line holder bolt from fire wall.Make sure everthing is clear from the side of tranny for removel.Loosen bolts all the way arround the side cover then loosen two bolts in the middle of cover and slowly remove cover,make sure you have drain pan underneath to catch fluid leaks out,hopefully you wont tear gasket and wont have to replace it.as you pull cover off there is two tubes that attach to the inside or the cover one on the left will come out with cover one on the right will stay inside because you removed the two center bolts from cover.There wlill be two gears. The one on left has a nut in the center.It is a 23mm thin wall socket. I didnt have one so I took a short 23mm socket, half inch drive and stuck an extension inside it and took to grinder to make thinner. tighten down with impact and put back in reverse order.Fill fluid and start and check, im sure you will have reverse.Its easy.Good luck

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how to remove the front left axel shaft on a 1993 buick park ave.

Basically, jack up the vehicle and support it on jack stands, remove the nut on the end of the axle, outer tie rod end and ball joint. Split the tie rod end and ball joint from the spindle assembly. Gently tap the end of the axle to loosen from the wheel bearing assembly. Once loose pull the spindle assembly outward while pushing in on the end of the axle. Once the axle is free from the spindle housing. Will need to apply gentle pressure on each side on the inside CV joint to get the axle to release from the transmission. There is usually a "C" snap clip on the end of the axle in the transmission which may make it a little stubborn to get out. Be sure to not damage the seal where the axle goes into the transmission or you will have a leak

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i have a 1993 saturn station wagon with a 4 cylinder. I need to remove the starter for replacement what is the easiest way to do this?

Hello, Disconnect the negative battery cable with a wrench. (2)Lift the front of your Saturn with a floor jack. Position two jack stands under the front end and lower the vehicle onto them(3)Find the starter at the rear of the engine where it couples with the transmission. It is a cylindrical component about 7 inches in length and 4 inches in diameter. The starter solenoid, a smaller cylindrical component, mounts on top of the starter. Pull off the pin holding the shield to the starter solenoid with a pair of slip-joint pliers and remove the shield.(4)Spray the electrical and cable connections at the back of the starter solenoid with penetrating oil. This will help the retaining nuts release easier.(5)Unfasten the retaining nuts securing the battery cable and electrical connectors to the back of the starter solenoid using a wrench.Put on your safety goggles and crawl under your Saturn. Unfasten the lower starter mounting bolt with a ratchet, short ratchet extension and socket. Remove the upper starter mounting bolt with an obstruction wrench. If you cannot reach the upper bolt from underneath, try reaching the bolt through the opening on the intake manifold support bracket.6)Unfasten the bolt holding the rear starter bracket to the engine using a wrench, if your starter has this bracket (not all 1993 Saturns do)(7)Remove the starter from the engine compartment.

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1993 Dodge Grand Caravan Transmission issue

A broken engine or tranny mount should not cause a front wheel to wobble. If this is happening with a grinding noise I'd expect more of a failing bearing or such. The grinding noise may also be a rotor of the brakes with poor pads. Yes, if a axel, or CV joint, is failing this can make noise too, often times a "clicking" type of noise. Best get the front of the van up on jack stands, remove the tires and inspect all of the front-end components; pay special attention CV joints, rotors and front axel area, loose movement in the axels?
I hope this may have helped,

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No, the transmission can be removed without doing that. You will need to support the engine.

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how can i hook up a new kick down cable up in the tranny with it still in the car its a 85 camaro i cant get to it

That is a tricky situation, and one I hope you are prepared for. Please be aware that there is likely to be lost of knuckle bashing, swearing and possibly a bit of blood involved if you are undertaking this process with the engine in the car. That doesn't mean it can't be done though! Resilience is key!

Try this: Place your car on jack stand under all for wheels as high as you can safely set them. It is important that they go up as high as possible.

Now set a jack under your transmission so that you can use it to manipulate the position your transmission sits in.

Place the jack at the rear of the transmission towards the tail end. Jack it up enough so that the front of your transmission tips forward and attempt to place the kick down linkage in place, and then to place it on the transmission first, then on the top end of the engine.

If that doesn't work or your get to frustrated, you will need to remove the Cross Member that holds your transmission securely in place under the car. Remember that it won't fall when you remove the cross member because it will still be connected to the engine, but keep the jack under it so that you don't stress it out to much.

once the cross member is removed you should have enough play to lower the rear end of the transmission a bit enough to connect the lower end of your kick down linkage, and then set the transmission back in place to connect it to the top end of the engine.

Push comes to shove, you can also remove the drive shaft from the rear of the transmission, but be aware that by doing this you are likely to lose tranny fluid, so watch your eyes and face.


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