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Old 02-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Intermittent Tranny Trouble?


1997 Saturn SL, five speed. About 140k miles, bought it used with about 68k, has never really given me any grief.

Got about two feet of snow last night, cleaned the driveway out and went for a ride to see how everyone else made out. I got to a point in the road and decided to turn back by pulling a U Turn. I pulled forward, stopped. Tried to put her in reverse, required a little effort (has been "sticky" trying to get in R or 1 every so often). All of a sudden, it's like shifting in water, no resistance. No R. So I fuddle around a bit with the gear shift, 1 and 2 have no resistance. Try R again, there it is. Back up. Now need to go forward, and again, like shifting in water, no 1 and 2, but I do have 3. So drive the mile home starting in 3. Pull n the driveway, slid down further than I wanted. Shift to R just fine, have reverse. Shift to 1 fine, have first.

Thoughts? Anything I could do from inside the car, way too much snow to slide under her!

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1997 Saturn SL, five speed. About 140k miles, bought it used with about 68k, has never really given me any grief.

Got about two feet of snow last night, cleaned the driveway out and went for a ride to see how everyone else made out. I got to a point in the road and decided to turn back by pulling a U Turn. I pulled forward, stopped. Tried to put her in reverse, required a little effort (has been "sticky" trying to get in R or 1 every so often). All of a sudden, it's like shifting in water, no resistance. No R. So I fuddle around a bit with the gear shift, 1 and 2 have no resistance. Try R again, there it is. Back up. Now need to go forward, and again, like shifting in water, no 1 and 2, but I do have 3. So drive the mile home starting in 3. Pull n the driveway, slid down further than I wanted. Shift to R just fine, have reverse. Shift to 1 fine, have first.

Thoughts? Anything I could do from inside the car, way too much snow to slide under her!
Check your shifter cable ends. They normally have plastic bushings that break.

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Check your shifter cable ends. They normally have plastic bushings that break.
Sometimes bushings are available at Advance Auto. If so , choose the correct size and snap it into the cable end eyelet. If not available, replace cable. Not hard. Attached at the trans shifter arm and other end at the console shifter.
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Yup, pulled the console out today and sure enough, the plastic bushing was in pieces. Tried to glue it together but no luck. Will see if Autozone or someone like that has them, if not, the car is due for an inspection so I can have the mechanic do it. I have gears again, I wirewrapped the eyelet and bushing with enough electrical tape and wire to hold it until I get it to the garage!
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