My car will not shift out of neutral; however, it idles normally. I have replaced the clutch switch and checked the clutch fluid. The clutch pedal does occasionally disengage from the master cylinder, but prior to this, reattaching it has solved the problem.
I know this sounds terrible, but I have not been able to find the dipstick to check the manual transaxle level on this model. Does anyone know where it is?
Any additional solutions would also be greatly appreciated!
It is back by the firewall on the driver side you can see on the transmission it has a little red top and if you have small enough hands you can reach down around the brake lines and check it without having to remove anything
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If it is an automatic shift you should have a neutral safety switch between the key switch and the starter. I would check that and for power at the starter when it fails to crank. If it is a manual shift there is a switch on the clutch pedal or linkage. It may be tough to find until you can duplicate the problem on demand. Could also be a dead spot in the starter or solenoid.
Yes I would recommend a flush on any Saturn S series car with an automatic transmission, the main reason for that is if the fluid is kept in the transmission to long the dirty fluid wears out the pressure regulator bore inside the valve body on these transmissions(TAAT) causing problems with shifting into reverse when hot, requiring the valve body to get replaced in the transmission, so if your transmission is shifting normal I would get the fluid changed and a new filter installed to ensure the transmission maintains proper shift quality.
Unfortunatly my transmission does the same thing. I had it repaired for about $800 only to have the same thinig happen again about 4 months down the road. It seems that there are alot of horror stories about these saturn transmissions. My trans has been slamming for about 3 years now and it still works...per say. Id say either replace it or just drive it until it breaks.
Could be several things.. I would suggest replace the neutral safety switch, all O2 sensors and fuel and air filters, PVC valve and if needed plugs n wires..
The issue could also be a bad throttle body.. Should be a good idea to get it hooked up to a diagnostic machine - get the codes and then you will know more of what you are dealing with..
Does it go easy into gear when the car is off? Sounds like your hydraulics are shot or it's time to replace the clutch because the pressure plate fingers are too worn to disengage the clutch completely.
As an alternative diagnostic. Shift into 2nd first and then bring it into neutral then let off the clutch, then press the clutch again and try first. Essential double clutch to see if you can go into first. If it still doesn't work then it's hydraulics or clutch. This was a check to see if the synchros are shot.
Shifting to NEUTRAL To shift the transfer case to NEUTRAL, first make sure
the vehicle is parked so that it will not roll:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Start the vehicle.
3. Connect the vehicle to the towing vehicle.
4. Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N) or have
the clutch pedal pressed for vehicles with
5. Shift the transfer case to 2HI.
6. Simultaneously press and hold the 2HI and
4LO buttons for 10 seconds. The red NEUTRAL
light will come on when the transfer case shift to
NEUTRAL is complete.
7. Shift the transmission to REVERSE (R) for one
second, then shift the transmission to DRIVE (D)
for one second or FIRST (1) for vehicles with
8. Turn the ignition to OFF.
9. Place the transmission shift lever in PARK (P) or
FIRST (1) for vehicles with manual transmission.
10. Release the parking brake prior to towing.
Shifting Out of NEUTRAL
To shift out of NEUTRAL:
1. Set the parking brake and apply the regular
2. Start the vehicle with the transmission in PARK (P)
or FIRST (1) for vehicles with manual transmission.
3. Press the button for the desired transfer case position
(2HI, 4HI, AUTO 4WD or 4LO).
4. Put the transmission in NEUTRAL (N) or press the
clutch pedal for vehicles with manual transmission.
5. Shift the transmission lever to the desired position.
After the transfer case has shifted out of NEUTRAL,
the red light will go out.
6. A re-engagement sound is normal when shifting out
If it's an automatic transmission "make sure" it's in park or neutral. If so possibly a bad neutral safety switch. If a Manual transmission just get a bunch of friends to push you and pop the clutch in 1st or 2nd gear....and away you go. Make sure you turn the key when popping the clutch.