I then took it to a different dealership where the tech took the car home for 1 week, experienced the problem for himself, and told me all he could do was replace a wire and hope it helped because Saturn would not let him investigate any more options. They probably want your business so try and work out a reasonable price for a part they will backup if it goes bad. This car has had more problems than anyone should have to deal with: reverse switch going out, airconditioning going out, power windows no longer work, power steering, and not being able to shift. This problem has been occuring for nearly 4 years now. Good luck, also a question; is it also hard to get into fifth? So anything that you can do to avoid having to go into the trans is better for you. Better to have the shop backup the repair with a warranty then saving a few bucks early on. I am going to ask him if he would install it if I bought one off eBay like you said.
I looked and looked tonight for the place to put the clutch master cylinder fluid and couldn't find it. I read that it was behind the brake reservoir but was still unable to find it. However when it does happen it is a life threatening experience as I am usually driving on a major highway. They probably want your business so try and work out a reasonable price for a part they will backup if it goes bad. This transmission can be a pain to disassemble because gears need a very high pressure press to get pressed off of the shafts in order to get to the blockers. I have been stranded in below freezing weather for almost an hour because of this common Saturn failure. It may almost be more economical to find a rebuilt trans depending on labor rates.
The car has to shut of for a period of time and it usually will unlock the system. I'm all for getting shops to install outside parts. He called the dealer and was informed that the vehicle could not be repaired for free because it was no longer under warranty. I have to drive this everyday with my children in the car with me at most times. Recently, while attempting to switch gears at 15 mph, the contact noticed that the clutch had once again lost the retainer and caused the pedal to raise. Do you know why this might happen? I think with bad synchros, you can get it in to gear if you rev match, but other wise it'll be hard to get in gear. I have to drive this everyday with my children in the car with me at most times.
The failure mileage was 59,751 and current mileage was 80,210. Warranty, as it all happened within the first 6-12 months of owning the car. Saturn dealership changed a sensor I the steering column, but problem persists. After a few months, the retainer detaches and causes the clutch pedal to raise upwards. But as discussed on Car Talk many shops don't like dealing with it. What you say makes a lot of sense.
It is no longer under warranty and I don't want to take it somewhere where I'll get ripped off and end up spending a fortune to fix it. It is a random occurrence and can happen 8 times in a week then not at all for months. This car is a death trap, and Saturn refuses to fix it, even though I brought it in under the original warranty. When the failure first occurred on July 20, 2007, the dealer replaced the cylinder axulator, master clutch, the entire clutch pedal, and the retainer. Apparently they busted a seal and failed to mention that to me, so not only do I have to worry about not being able to shift, but also losing my power steering.
When I shift and it doesn't want to go into gear, I never force it. Thanks for all the great advice so far. I've noticed when people fist or force the shifter into gear it wears heavier on the synchronizers. Now I am shocked that this one is doing the exact same thing but only at 116,000. While driving approximately 25-30 mph the vehicle lost power steering. It is a random occurrence and can happen 8 times in a week then not at all for months. I have read several blogs of similar complaints from suffering consumers.
And since the last time my car has been at the Saturn dealership my power steering now goes in and out. I've noticed when people fist or force the shifter into gear it wears heavier on the synchronizers. I have taken the car to the Saturn dealership a minimum of 20 times for this problem, only to be told that they could not do anything. This usually happens in 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. This problem has been occuring for nearly 4 years now. Apparently they busted a seal and failed to mention that to me, so not only do I have to worry about not being able to shift, but also losing my power steering.
I didn't even mess with it because I traded it in for this 2004 Saturn Ion. The contact owns a 2004 Saturn Ion. Matt Yep, I'd be interested. I only have 13K on the car. I would try changing the trans fluid as a first inexpensive step. The contact was unable to determine where the clutch was located, which nearly caused a crash.
I know you said all gears but i'm asking specifically. They only solution I can come up with is to try my best to get the car to a safe spot and turn it off and let it sit. I mostly have have problems with first, second and third. The vehicle currently has not been repaired. Does anyone have any advice.
As far as fifth gear, I generally don't have much of a problem with fifth; or fourth for that matter. If you can get a good deal on the part. By the way, do you know where the clutch master cylinder is so I can check the fluid. Lol that's what I get for buying a gm product. There is a seperate reservoir inside the brake master reservoir for the clutch system. I am going up next week.