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I have a 97 Saturn SL with twin cam engine. The trans goes through the gears fine (automatic trans), but after 2 minutes or so, it drops out of overdrive, then out of drive, and it ends up in second gear. When this occurs, it's not slipping out of these gears, but it feels the same as if I was to manually shift down from overdrive, to drive, then to second. Any suggestions as to where to start looking for the problem?

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SOURCE: 1998 Saturn Sl 1 Won't start some times.

I could not find any diagrams.......but it may be the park lock cable.. or you could have something jammed underneath the shifter.... a penny....or some other misplaced object that can slip underneath the cracks and cause it to not go into park all the way....the center console is fairly simple to remove a few bolts and I think a couple pop rivets.... a Haynes Manual on all the s series Saturns is available at your local auto parts store (advanced auto, auto zone, Pepboys) it'll run you like 20 bucks but will definately prove helpful to you ... Im looking at mine right now and it shows you how to completely tear it down and rebuild it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

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SOURCE: 1994 Saturn SC1 reverse slam on occasion

my bet is the valve body. i have change 3 of my own on my last 98 sl1. same symptoms as you describe here

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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SOURCE: 1997 sc2 saturn automatic

I had a 1991 Dodge Caravan that did the same thing. I had a transmission rebuilt because of the problem you describe. I was told it was a seal inside the transmission that was leaking fluid from an internal chamber when the engine was at an idle (like it is when you are at a stop sign). A redesigned seal fixed my problem. I would bet if you gave it a little gas with one foot and kept your foot on the brake it wouldn't act like it had dropped out of gear. If you have the money for a transmission rebuild that might be something to consider but if you are tight on money, a bottle of lucas transmission additive might help your problem. That seemed to help me so I could get some money together for a transmission rebuild. I realize that most mechanics will say that your transmission doesn't need an additive of any kind, I also realize that sometimes in real life you have to do what your pocketbook/ wallet can afford.

Good luck.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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SOURCE: 97 saturn CL2 having shifting problems

Check the Transmision kick down cable,,which is attatched to the throttle cable and goes into the transmission,,it may need adjustment.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Do I have linkage problems, or something more

Ok, remove the console so you can look at the shifter, there is a plastic piece that attaches the cable to the shifter knob, this breakes, you can go to Saturn ,but they want almost $200 for both cables (they don't sell the plastic piece) BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS, Napa sells the plastic replacement part at a cost of $20 I am assuming that your car is a manual, part is fairly easy to install,(remove the shifter without removing the cables)
Good luck

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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