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My 96 saturn has no third gear. I have changed a silenoid in the trans and I am wondering if the trans has a seperate computer that needs to be reset or something. Sometimes it shifts past 3rd and goes into fourth, sometimes it misses third and slips like in nuetral, then shifts to fourth.

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  • markrussom Jun 08, 2010

    I guess I will try the reset, next. Thanks

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The tranny is connected to the pcm. I would use a scan-tool to reset it. Does sound like a solenoid problem to me as well.

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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    Nate Stansfield Jun 08, 2010

    Not a problem. In my 10+ years of mechanic experience, I believe a reset or at least a scan of pcm will fix your problems or tell you the problems you are having.

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When skipping 3rd,it means there is a problem in the hydraulics in the transmission

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jun 08, 2010

    I hope this was helpful,I know it was not good news,but it is most likely the problem.

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The inability to shift through the gears could be due to a faulty speed pressure sensor and or pressure control solenoid. As you have already replaced the pressure control solenoid so get the speed pressure sensor checked. To locate the sensor you will have to drop the transmission pan, remove the valve body, and check the sensor. If the car jerks or stalls while shifting gears then also check the EGR valve. Thanks. keep updated for any more query.you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

Posted on Jun 05, 2010

  • markrussom Jun 05, 2010

    Would the speed pressure sensor only effect one gear? There is no other runability problems. It does downshift hard as i slow down occasionally, but that is usually my fault as i have learned to drive it with no third gear. I wondered if I changed the wrong silenoid. I was told that third gear was closest to the front of the car, But I don't want to just start trading them out to hope to get lucky. The car doesn't have that many miles, so I don't want to let it go and it runs good. (besides third gear).

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