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Saturn 2001 transmission

It seems to be slipping we cant found the dipstick to check transmission fluid

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  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    I have the same problem, the gear change is very rough.

  • gemini_NYgrl Dec 19, 2008

    I also have the same problem. i drive a 2001 SL2 series. every time i stop and go, there's a big shift and clunk when it switches gears. i had my uncles friend take a look at it and he said it could be my motor mounts. he ended up repairing them, but it didn't fix the problem. my car seems to do fine when i'm driving on the freeway at a steady pace 65-70 mph. the clunking only occurs when i drive on the streets where theres a lot of stopping and going. it also happens when i put the car in reverse. the whole car shifts......please help someone!!!



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This vehicle has no dipstick, supposed to be maintained by professional only. there is the fill cap on the drivers side, between the fuse box and engine. it is red and more towards the bottom. i imagine you can atleast see the fluid status.

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