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1997 Saturn sedan won't shift into reverse. Have changed valve body, problem better for a few minutes, then came right back. Inside of trans looks good, no clutch smell and when it does get into reverse it is late with hard shift, but it's solidly in reverse, so there's no problem with reverse clutches. Also sometimes late going into second, but sometimes no problem. Dealer tested pressure and said it was inconsistent but passed high pres test- so probably not the pump. It's getting error codes 32, 46, and 49. How do I rule in/out the pump and the fwd/reverse actuator? How do I isolate an electrical issue? Also seems to be more of a problem hot than cold.

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There are a few things that it sounds like it could be to me:

  1. Misaligned lockout ring- this is what is supposed to keep you from accidentally going into reverse
  2. Shifter cable is broken
  3. I wouldn't rule out the reverse clutches.  Just because it get's in solidly doesn't mean that it isn't on its way out.
I had the same problem with my 97 Acura and it had progressively got worse.  Turned out to be the lockout ring.  I hope this helps you out. 

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