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.
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Under hood where shift cable or two if manual, you will see a metal spring that goes around cable right next to where metal rod extends and retracts to provide shifting. On end farther away from shiny rod is a normally white piece of plastic before turns black and heads into car. In this white piece of plastic is a square normally yellow or pink but could be white or same, dig at all four corners of square piece and pull up word perpedictular to cable when it pulls I p approximately 1 inch, then it will pop free and cable will not be hooked to output shinny metal rod. If break switch applied park lock works and transmission is in park you could push square plastic clip back into place. If this doesn't remove unwanted travel or adjustment, I have had to block the wheels, set park brake and shift shifter into manual drive 1. And on transmission do the same, useually tword the cable as shifting into 1st is pulling on cable then cable pulls on trans, when both in same location or desired reinsert clip. Couldn't find picture but just as good. Here is someone doing what I tried to explain. Little different cable then I picture in my head but done to many to count. Here ya go
Potentially bad news; when ours started getting quirky, delaying before engaging, it finally lost reverse too.
~$4000 from a Saturn shop or $3000 for independent. After good referrals, we used the independent and the tranny held for 27,000 miles until the engine blew at 56,700 miles; it dropped a rod cap.
I 'sold' it to my son for $1.
The worst car I have ever owned and my first US car in 35 years- it is also my LAST.
The Saturn L series automatic transmissions do not have a dipstick.
They are the "new breed" of transmissions that are SUPPOSED to be
trouble free. There is a plug on the passenger side of the transmission
by the drive axle It is 11mm bolt. start the vehicle in park on a level
surface or hoist...at operating temp pull out the plug Fluid should
just trickle out of the plug hole If no fluid comes out add fluid to
trans until it does...Where do you add??? Red plug on top/center of
trans. Plastic plugthat threads in Add fluid there....Good luck
Check your transmission fluid. If it is bright almost pinkish-red then it is not the transmission. If it is dark red or brown then you need to either get a flush done or replace your transmission depending on the severity.