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Saturn sl1 automatic skips 3rd gear - SL Saturn Cars & Trucks

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SOURCE: When shifting automatic trans in reverse theres a hesitation

I think what you were saying is your reverse slams, and only when you give it gas.
You can try to do the reverse slam fix, which is easy to do:
Reverse slam fix

If it doesn't work, your valve body is probably bad, here is how to swap it, in case you are up for the challenge:
Swapping a valve body on a saturn TAAT trans.


Posted on Mar 07, 2009


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SOURCE: 2002 Saturn SL1 has transmission problems, lost

Sorry but no. Check your fluid level and see if your transmission fluid is burnt. Good luck

Posted on Apr 08, 2009


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SOURCE: 1997 sL1 Saturn manual transmission hard to change gears

The dipstick is behind the battery, below the master brake cylinder and is not the clutch reservoir. It has a red flip top handle instead of a ring like most dipsticks. It was hard for me to find due to engine grease. I had the same problem and was able to see that I was low on fluid (only a little) and adding fluid helped the problem. Questions? kurt1431 at comcast dot net.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009



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SOURCE: my 2000 saturn (auto) transmission, why does it

Sounds like you have a shift solenoid that is dead or you have a booster valve that is not supplying enough pressure to shift.

Your check engine light is most likely on, have it checked to see what gear it is actually "missing".

Replacing the solenoid inside the valve body would fix this or an entire swap of the valve body is necessary depending on the cause. This is relatively easy and an hour job. The valve body is right on the top of the transmission underneath the battery tray. This is my absolute expertise so ask any questions you have.

Posted on Jul 24, 2010


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SOURCE: transmission shifting very hard

  • 2002 saturn auto trans has 3 different model/ DO YOU KNOW THE NAME?

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