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Transmission problem my 2000 saturn s series won't go into reverse,drive works fine but slips a little. in the morning reverse works just once , once the car warms up and i have it in drive for a while reverse no longer works. what could be the problem?

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  • fire508 Feb 22, 2009

    Will work in all other gears, but not reverse. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Reverse stopped working then reverse worked and drive went out


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Two possibilities, one the valve body needs to be replaced. This is very common, and the usual symptoms are delay into reverse, and sometimes second also. The other is a loose input shaft nut. This has become more common on the 2000 to 2002 models, im not sure why though. The nut can be accessed by removing the transmission end cover. The input shaft is the one on the left, it uses a thin wall 23mm socket. The old nut should be removed and discarded, install a new nut and torque to spec (yes this is very important) then reinstall the end cover which is actually harder than it sounds. In the case of the valve body you need to drive normally up to 20 miles to reset the transmission adaptive settings. The input shaft nut does not require this, but it is a good idea. To clear the adaptives you will need to disconnect the battery for about 10 min.

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Or if it turns out your valve body is bad, here is how to swap it:
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DO NOT believe bad auto mechanics that tell you they need to swap your transmission!


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