Question about 1994 Saturn Sl

3 Answers

I have a 94 saturn sl straight shift, the shifter dont catch gear it just moves around freely. what could be the problem?

Posted by on


3 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

If the shifter cable has broken (specifically the plastic loop) you can replace it with a new one from Ebay. Just look up "Saturn Bushing Man" and select the Shifter Cable Eyelet loop. It is a part that is $25 plus shipping. It is an easy fix. The other possibility is that the shifter bushing has broken. "Saturn Bushing Man" on ebay also sells a Delron Plastic Replacement or a Stainless Steel Shifter bushing replacement. Either of these will work as well and are only a $29 part. I have owned Saturns since 1997 and I had both of these parts go out on my 94 Saturn SL2.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 3,092 Answers

Bad news, the grommet the hooks to the shifter from the cable is bad, that's why your shifter moves around freely, this is a dealer item, and the dealer don't sell this grommet by it's self. they want to sell it with the cable only (or they won't make any money), you might want to hit some salvage yard's and see if you can locate one, if not you'll have to buy the cable from the dealer,sorry:( Hope this was helpful.

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

  • 1 more comment 
  • Brandon Haygood
    Brandon Haygood Jul 08, 2010

    thanks could I use one off of a different year model or does it have to be a 94?

  • Alexander Mimun
    Alexander Mimun Jul 08, 2010

    Any year Saturn.

  • lwayneking Aug 05, 2010

    It's not as complicated or expensive as everyone makes it out to be. I fixed it for $11 and 45 minutes of work. Unscrew the shift housing from inside the car, drill out the plastic grommet, grab a carriage bolt with washers and locknut and put it through the control arm where the grommet was and you're off. It's been 2 years and shifting fine.


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 3 tips or uploaded 2 video tips.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 71 Answers

I have never seen a cable linked manual transmission shifter. Idk but my suggestion is to check to see exactly what type of linkage it does have, and if i'm wrong so be it. However I think it is going to be a solid rod perhaps more than one. I'm assuming it worked itself loose from either transmission side or the shifter side. To determine this shouldn't be too hard. Just remove the shifter boot from the console, and look to see if linkage is attached to the shifter properly. If so u should be able to follow it to opposite end to check to see if it is attached properly to the transmission. If on either side it is disconnected than you will need to determine the type of keeper or retainer the factory used to keep linkage fastened securely. Examples. Carter pins, nuts, bolts, e-clips, snap ring ext. these parts can easily be found at local hardware stores. Now when you get this problem fixed will you let me know what it was, that way I will know:)

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

  • mjdailey Aug 07, 2010

    The linkage is a cable with nylon connectors between the shifter and the cable. I have the same problem


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My 1999 saturn sc2 manual transmission shifter is loose and the car is stuck in a gear but the shifter wables around and will not move it from gear to gear. I've been roll starting it the past week...

broken shifter bushing. these bushing kits are sold on ebay and at parts stores for about 20 bucks. have to remove the console. how to videos on

Sep 03, 2011 | 1999 Saturn SL

1 Answer

Shifter dont work just moves around freely

get a saturn shifter bushing repair kit for about 20 bucks on eBay, takes an hour to install. if that does not fix it then you are looking at a new set of shifter cables which can be had at parts stores.

Feb 03, 2011 | 1998 Saturn SL

1 Answer

I have a 1996 Saturn SL 1 manual transmission with 76,000, yea I do not use it to commute. While changing gears the stick just got lose. It now just moves back and forth freely. Gears do not change, still...

From you're description it sounds like a shift cable failed or got
disconnected or there may be a problem in the shift control housing on the transmission. Have somone move the shifter around while you watch the shift control housing below the battery tray to see if the cable is connected and moving if it's
connected but little or no movement, remove the shift boot and
and check that end of the cable linkage. Hope this helps.

Oct 01, 2010 | Saturn SL1 Cars & Trucks

3 Answers

95 saturn sl 2 5 speed manual transmission, clutch pedal is fine. shifter wont go into gear

This vehicle has a pair of shift cables which attatches to the shifter and runs to the transmission shift housing.To diagnose,removal of the center console is in order so you can inspect and verify the shifter/cable connections and movement,then verify the cables move the linkages properly at the transmission . These cables are a fairly common failed part and sold as the set,these are a dealer item and no aftermarket cables are available .

Sep 10, 2009 | 1995 Saturn Sl

1 Answer

1999 Saturn sl with shifting problems first gear and reverse

Ms Derry ,I would check the pair of shift cables and shifter itself before suspecting internal transmission problems.The cables attach to the shifter then runs to the linkage on the transmission.One cable is responsible for side to side movement as the other is for moving front to back(like 1st to second) Center console removal is fairly simple which requires mounting screw(4) removal on the front sides and in the rear cup holder.This gives you an opportunity to view the shifter and cable operation from above while this movement should also be appreciated at the transmission linkage meaning someone shifts the vehicle as another inspects proper movement at the transmission.If all this is actuating properly,you may need to tear down and inspect transmission but hopefully it can be rectified with external repairs mentioned...good luck

Aug 25, 2009 | 1999 Saturn SL

2 Answers

Gear shift moves like butter and will not catch in any gear

you should check to ensure that all fluids are at the appropriate levels first.
failing that you may require a clutch replacement...there could also be small leaks causing the gears not to engage, this is assuming it's a manual transmission.

Jun 13, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

1 Answer

The shifter moves freely in the gear box like some linkage broke

If both cable ends are attached then the cable broke. Replace it.

Jun 12, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

3 Answers

Shifter knob on 97 Saturn SL

Take a firm grip on the shift knob & pull straight up.Careful it is on there tight but no screws or clips.hope this helps

May 16, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

1 Answer

I just tried driving my car, and something went wrong with the transmission or clutch. My car is now stuck in reverse, and I am unable to shift it into any other gear. I feel like it must be something...

yes most likely your shifter cable end broke out under your console.You will have to get a cable repair end of E-Bay for about $18.00 The Sellers handle is (saturnbushinghennie) I have bought preanty of those cable repair ends from him.Saturn Doesn't sell just the end piece!!

May 10, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

1,028 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Saturn Experts


Level 3 Expert

79186 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22326 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8836 Answers

Are you a Saturn Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides