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2003 Saturn Vue is not shifting properly

When the car is not on I can shift the gears just fine. They pop in and out easily. When I turn the car on however they all seize and I am not able to shift into ANY gear. Also when I try to shift into a gear its grinding, which I assume means the clutch is not engaging properly, even though I am flooring the clutch? What am I looking at to fix this problem by going to a mechanic?

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Look under the hood beside your brake reservoir You will see another small reservoir for the hydraulic clutch fluid. At this very point, look to see if the rubber cap is on this reservoir tightly, not lifted on any sides. If it is low, than top it up. If it is not low, you may have air in the system. These cars also have a slave cylinder in the transmission that could be wearing as well, but I'd look at fluids first .Hope this is helpful to you. If not let me know and we can delve into it deeper There is a bleeder screw down from the reservoir if you need to bleed it. Just open bleeder a bit and watch fluid coming out. Watch for air blowing out too as it's not supposed to

Posted on Jan 08, 2013

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SOURCE: clutch fluid leaking from bottom of crankcase/bell housing

The slave cylinder will have to be replaced and air bled from the system to make this repair.
Good luck

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Gear Shift very stiff, doesnt want to go into 1st gear or reverse

Continued operation like this and $100 would have been the cheap fix. If this is a hydraulic clutch, check the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder. Most take Dot 3 brake fluid and it will say on the cap. It is located on the fire wall near brake master cylinder

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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SOURCE: Sluggish gear shift on 5-spd Saturn Vue

I have the same problem, Noticing that my 2006 Saturn Vue, 5-speed becomes extremely hard to shift gears when the weather is cold. (Temps range from 20-43). Has been colder in the last month. What could this be?

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Our windshield wiper spray doesn't work on front window but work on back. They both started about the same time when the temps dropped to single digits. Dont know if that had any causes.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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SOURCE: 2002 saturn vue, manual shifting problems

You have a slave cylinder for this trans. Pump the clutch pedal 25 times with the engine OFF. Then start it and try shifting it into each gear while parked. If this make it work your slave cylinder needs to be replaced

Posted on May 15, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 2005 Saturn

there could be a few reasons as to why you have this problem. one reason could be is that your shifter cables have gone out, reason could be your syncros have gone bad which synchronizes gear shifting, take your shifter tower off and see if theres any indication of breakage into the transmission or if the tower just slipped over one of the gear shifters and caused it to bind, if theres no indication of any of those i would pull the tranny and see if your clutch is binding, warped fly wheel, or if you need a new clutch job

Posted on Sep 22, 2010

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