I was having trouble getting it into gear and then all of a sudden the clutch wouldn’t engage at all. It happened very abruptly. I took my break off and the car would just go. I was stuck in 2nd and had to turn the car off at stop lights on the way home. I checked the hydraulic fluid and it was full. I don't want to have it towed to the shop if it needs the clutch replaced...but I was wondering if it could be a smaller problem I could afford?
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hangon. your leaving something out. myguess is you had the ebrake pulled so the car didn't roll when it was in gear. and now the car wont move at all or what? you left alot of important info out. if it is running and wont move at any point you broke something in the trany or a driveshaft. you should not be able to shift the trany into any gear if the engine is running. the clutch is turning and unless the clutch is disengaged you wont be able to shift. knowing that i am guessing you broke it good and need a new trany
You don't state mileage on the car but I'm betting well over 100K. The master cylinder is sold as a one piece kit which has the line and the slave cylinder attached to it. More than likely your slave cylinder has gone bad, which means you'll have to drop the transmission to get it out as it's an internal mechanism that pushes your throw out bearing to engage your clutch. Yes it's time to also change the clutch and pressure plate too, you may as well as long as you have to drop the transmission AND in order to do that my friend, you're going to have fun, because the whole front of the car has to be lifted and the WHOLE X sub-frame has to be dropped which means struts and all have to be disconnected. NOT a fun driveway weekend job unless your young, don't mind bending and kneeling on concrete and have power tools, air guns, to make it easier. Strong arms if you're going to attempt it with hand tools. Good luck to you.
Are you putting it in the right gear? The vehicle sounds like its getting into the wrong gear.Does the shifter feel like there is alot of play? you may have a gear linkage problem,and do you have trouble getting in reverse if so you have a linkage problem
A clutch that's failing doesn't behaves like that - it slowly starts slipping until it fails completely and definitely. If it would break suddenly (like when the pressure plate would snap) the noise and the vibrations it would generate would be unbearable. No, in your case something is failing inside the transmission/gearbox - most likely in the command forks and their locking pins. The gearbox will have to taken off the car and dismantled to investigate and fix that, and it will be expensive.
Take out your middle console and watch your shift cables as your shifting, you may have something stuck or maybe your shift cable bushing has broken. So i would just take the console out, and try shifting in all your gears. And then you will most likely find out what your problem is. :)) Good luck. Hope this helps. I have a saturn too and I LOVE IT!!! Good choice of a car!!! James Booth
Well, there is one thing for sure the trany is damaged. You will be further ahead looking for another junk yard trany rather than worry about what is going on inside since there is probably parts and pieces inside that would still give you trouble without completely overhauling it, plus a junk yard trany, standard would be easy to come by.
Check the neutral-saftey switch. If it is a clutch, the starter will generally engage and the car will generally lurch forward. Most newer cars are equiped with a switch that detects when the car is in-gear & wont permit it to turn over. Could be the clutch but go for the cheap fix first.