Question about 2001 Saturn SC
2001 Saturn SC1 5 speed manual transmission. The linkage has broken, stuck in reverse, shifter loose in the console. Are there any easy fixes, or do I need to blow my budget?
The bushings on ebay work from what I understand, but a bit pricey. The bushing in question is a P.O.S. for sure. Easy fix though if you have tools and time. First I drilled out the ball that the end of the linkage,the one your faithfull broken bushing use to ride on. popped a 3/8 inch bolt thru the drilled hole, put a piece of 3/8 inch heater hose "cut to length desired" over the bolt ( this is what the linkage ring rides on ) put a rubber gromet or rubber washer that has a hole big enough to fit over the heater hose on each side of the linkage ring ( oh and dont forget the lube - regular grease will eat rubber so use good judgement). put a washer big enough to keep your gromet or rubber washer from falling off, and then a lock nut, and I cannot stress the fact that it has to be a lock nut. DO NOT tighten the living **** out of everything, that little linkage ring is plastic after all just tighten it "lightly snugish" and just make sure your lock nut can't be un-tightened by hand. I hope all of this makes sense, anyway total repair cost- one hour of my time, about $4 of parts at the local auto parts store. best of all, it should outlast the car. Oh fyi, I used rubber parts because that is less likely to break the plastic linkage ring. Showed what I did to a mechanic in town, said now he actually knows what to do next time one of those f-ing saturns comes in with busted linkage. Good luck fellow "manual" saturn owners!
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
I've just developed this problem with my '98 SC-1 and am learning that a number of folks are finding that the problem is with the bushing that connects the cable end to the shifter [?] but that Saturn won't offer a fix for the bushing problem; must buy entire cable.....! eBay offers a shifter bushing that is made of delrin: much tougher and apparently this is a fix for this fragile original shifter bushing. A fellow on Ebay, offers a delrin replacement for ~$20.00. Try an ebay search for jcborchard or: improved Saturn stick shifter bushing. I hope this works for you.
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
An easy fix would be to go tothe Junk Yard and pull off the parts you need .......in order to do this though I would advise getting a Haynes Manual (VERY VERY HELPFUL BOOK) for your car...Available at your local Auto parts Store (even if you dont do it yourself you should still get the book...it can save you a lot of time and money when it comes to knowing and working on your vehicle)
Posted on Jul 12, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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