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I would say open it up, only if you can be sure to put it back the same way. Be sure not to drop anything in the opening when you do bc that can further your shifting problem. If you are nervous or think it might mess it up, then have someone professional do it.
Posted on Jan 12, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
sounds like your shift cable was freezing up and finally snapped. check the trans shifter side and see if you can move it if so then this is problem. your car runs a cable not rods. if you pop the center console out you will get a better view there is one or two screws at back of console in cupholders and it should come out
Posted on Dec 22, 2008
First thing to do,try to pump your clutch before you shift into 1st gear then if you feel makes better, most probably you have problem with your hydraulic clutch system, check the clutch line if there is an evidence of fluid leaking or it could be internal leak.
Second thing to do, check your transmission oil, may be it' s too old or you use a thick oil thats why when cold its hard to shift then when the engine rich the normal temperature(warm) the oil become thin and the shifting will smooth. Remember the very old oil become thicken and the purity is gone and can cause of hard shifting. in this regards i suggest you to change the transmission oil and check the used oil if there is small peace of metals, then you are in big trouble,
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
SOURCE: loose shift selector indicator
The shifter problem is likely related to worn nylon bushings on the shifter or a broken shifter quadrant (the PRNDL). You will need to disassemble the center console in order to pin down the problem. Procedure is found in the shop manual.
The shifter problem and the gear shift hesitation are likely NOT related. Usually, a delay in shifting is due to being low on automatic transmission fluid. Check your fluid with the engine running, and warm, car in PARK (be sure the parking brake is on for safety's sake.)
The transmission fluid dip stick has a red pull top and is at the rear of the engine. With a clean rag or paper towel, clean any fluid or dirt from the bottom of the stick and reinsert it into the tube. Pull the dip stick out the second time and note the fluid level. If it's between the top and bottom marks, it's OK UNLESS:
1) There is no fluid indicated: Add sufficient Dexron III or Dextron IV to bring the fluid to the correct level. (Remember that the dfistance betweeen the marks is in PINTS, not quarts like the oil.) Do not overfill the transmission.
2) Fluid should be ruby red in color and have a neutral "oily" smell. If the fluid has a slight yellowish color or smells "burned", you may have internal damage in the transmission. Best thing to do in this case is to have the transmission fluid and filter changed and proceed from there on your trouble shooting.
Best of luck,
Dr of Motors
Posted on Mar 17, 2009
SOURCE: Saturn SL1 Shifter to Shiftstick
I had the same problem over a year and a half ago. I went to the closest Saturn dealership to get the replacement plastic piece. Turned out that the ENTIRE shift cable assembly was the smallest part that could be purchased to repair this. The cable assembly was over $200 at that time. I opted to forgo the ridiculous expense for this tiny little plastic part. True story: with a little heavy safety wire and a large washer I jury rigged the washer to hold the end of the shift cable in the fitting at the bottom of the shift stick. The washer acts as a keeper and the wire, wrapped in a basket around the back side keeps everything together. It still shifts reliably, a little looser than when it was new, but I saved $200 in parts (99% of which weren't broken) and probably a couple of hours of labor at least. One end of the cable assembly has to be attached to the transmission by the way and is not easily accessible. Sounds hokey but it really worked, still works!
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
The easiest thing to check first is the related fuse. If it is burnt, the box around the D of drive on the display will not show up and the gear will not shift.
Posted on Apr 20, 2010
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