Question about 1999 Saturn SL
The car does great for the first 5 miles or so, and then it will not downshift for more power. Can't accelerate properly. Engine revs up just fine. Transmission seems to want to stay in the higher gears.
Does your check engine light come on when this happens? It's probably when your tranny goes into limp home mode. You should have 1st gear ( only if you shift it there manually) 3rd and reverse. You are probably experiencing the 3rd gear thing and are probably burning up all of the clutches when you accelerate and should probably take it into the shop before something worse happens. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Posted on Aug 28, 2009
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