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Have a 1994 Saturn sl2 5 speed that needs a linkage that goes into the end of the cable to help u shift gears. Heard there was a guy who made these special. It looks like a small socket, then it locks into the cable and holds it to the bottom of the shifter mount. Please help

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Napa sells it about $25.00

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I have a saturn sl2 with a 5 speed transmission. i was driving and heard a ping and now 2nd 4th and reverse are gone but i still have 1st 3rd and 5th. i have no idea where to start fixing the problem


If you have inspected the shift linkage and found no missing or loose parts, then unfortunately an internal shift mode fork, syncro assembly,shift rail or possibly a snap ring has been damaged. This is not an easy fix on any vehicle and will require transmission removal to diagnose. Before the trans is removed, inspect the shift linkage while someone moves the gear selector to all gears. This would be the best case scenario, internal damage, of course, would be the worst.

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I have a 1996 saturn sl2 with a 5 speed transmission. i was driving and i heard a ping and now it wont shift into 2nd 4th or reverse but it will shift into 1st 3rd and 5th. i have no idea what the problem...


remove the console and take a look at the shifter bushings. these connect the bottom of the shifter to the cables. it is common for them to fail, they sell bushing repair kits on eBay and some parts stores.
if that is good however, then you have to look at the other end of the cable and make sure that movement of the shifter is causing the linkage to move on the transmission, if not then you are going to need a new cable set. these are much cheaper at parts stores than through a GM dealer.

take a search through saturn repair videos on youtube for particulars on the console removal and shifter cable replacement. there are lots of them there.

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I have a 1996 Saturn SL 1 manual transmission with 76,000, yea I do not use it to commute. While changing gears the stick just got lose. It now just moves back and forth freely. Gears do not change, still...


From you're description it sounds like a shift cable failed or got
disconnected or there may be a problem in the shift control housing on the transmission. Have somone move the shifter around while you watch the shift control housing below the battery tray to see if the cable is connected and moving if it's
connected but little or no movement, remove the shift boot and
and check that end of the cable linkage. Hope this helps.

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I am having a difficult time shifting my 5 speed trans into reverse. Threre is a tremendous grinding sound when I attempt this and now I am having a difficult time shifting between the gears.


Hello. I believe that you have one of two possible problems. First, your linkage from the shifter to the transmission may be mal-adjusted (best case senario) I just repaired this same thing on a Saturn, it was the linkage. Second, the syncronizers in your transmission have failed/broken. Check the linkage first, if that isn't it...transmission shop asap.

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95 saturn sl 2 5 speed manual transmission, clutch pedal is fine. shifter wont go into gear


This vehicle has a pair of shift cables which attatches to the shifter and runs to the transmission shift housing.To diagnose,removal of the center console is in order so you can inspect and verify the shifter/cable connections and movement,then verify the cables move the linkages properly at the transmission . These cables are a fairly common failed part and sold as the set,these are a dealer item and no aftermarket cables are available .

Sep 10, 2009 | 1995 Saturn Sl

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1999 Saturn sl with shifting problems first gear and reverse


Ms Derry ,I would check the pair of shift cables and shifter itself before suspecting internal transmission problems.The cables attach to the shifter then runs to the linkage on the transmission.One cable is responsible for side to side movement as the other is for moving front to back(like 1st to second) Center console removal is fairly simple which requires mounting screw(4) removal on the front sides and in the rear cup holder.This gives you an opportunity to view the shifter and cable operation from above while this movement should also be appreciated at the transmission linkage meaning someone shifts the vehicle as another inspects proper movement at the transmission.If all this is actuating properly,you may need to tear down and inspect transmission but hopefully it can be rectified with external repairs mentioned...good luck

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Saturn shifter linkage


Check the cable clips at the trans. Sometimes these clips come out and won't shift. Horseshoe clips that hold the cable housing.

Dec 21, 2008 | 2002 Saturn VUE

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You should probably check the shifter cable. I had the same thing happen and then I couldn't shift into 2nd, 4th, and reverse gears. Then the cable snapped and I had to replace it. Be careful "man-handling" the shifter. If you break the shift linkage at the base of the shifter it's about $45 from the dealership. It's cheap plastic and doesn't take much to break. If you really want to know if it's the shift cable and not the gearbox crank the engine, have someone hold the clutch, disconnect the shift cables from the box, and manually shift the gears. If they move smooth, it's probably your cable which would mean there's a kink in it somewhere. You can't fix that. Depending on the VIN you're looking at anywhere from $189 (what mine cost with tax) to a little over $200 (from the dealership brand new). Talk to the parts desk at a Saturn dealership and they can tell you which one you need. Hope this helps

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