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When shifting automatic trans in reverse theres a hesitation

2001 Saturn sl1, 1.9 engine

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    I have the same problem this car was recalled for a bad transmission and gear shift issues

  • krystal_t6 May 09, 2009

    When the car is not hot, shifting into reverse cause a very abrupt slam. The only time the car does not make this slam while shifting to reverse is when you have been running it and it is at operating temperature. Having the car off for even a few minutes then shifting into reverse causes the abrupt slam. I have just replaced the motor mounts in this made only a very slight improvement. (99,000 miles)

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I think what you were saying is your reverse slams, and only when you give it gas.
You can try to do the reverse slam fix, which is easy to do:
Reverse slam fix

If it doesn't work, your valve body is probably bad, here is how to swap it, in case you are up for the challenge:
Swapping a valve body on a saturn TAAT trans.

Alex

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