1993 Saturn SL Reverse Gear Automatic Transmission Problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by 1993SL, Sep 7, 2007.

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    1993SL Guest

    I have a 1993 Saturn SL. On cold starts in the morning there is no
    problem putting the car into reverse gear (automatic) and driving.
    However, after the car has been warmed up and has been running for
    awhile if you try to put car into reverse there is a delay and then it
    goes into reverse with a rather loud and violent jerk or it will just
    hang there. If you slow press the accelerator then it seems to go into
    the reverse gear but you have to be careful otherwise it clunks and
    jerks back suddenly. In drive and neutral gear there is no problem.

    The "Service Engine Soon" light is also on in the dash every on and
    then. The error code from the scanner reads Code 12, but I cannot find
    anyone to tell me what to fix for this code?

    Took it to a transmission place and the mechanic told me the reverse
    clutch was broken and would cost $900 parts and labour included and he
    would rebuild the existing transmission?

    Any ideas on the cause of this problem, how to fix and approximate

    1993SL, Sep 7, 2007
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    R Miller Guest

    Go to saturn fans and search for 'reverse slam'/ There are lots of
    posts. Here's one to start with.
    R Miller, Sep 7, 2007
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    raamman Guest

    we had that probem with our 02 sl1; took it into the shop the next
    day. they replaced 2 burned out solenoids- at a good penny...2 weeks
    after having taken the car in for regular service and being told then
    the car was in beautiful shape, couldn't find anything wrong
    then...huh ! real confidence inspring
    raamman, Sep 17, 2007
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    Bob Shuman Guest

    When a solenoid fails, it usually goes open circuit, so it either works or
    doesn't. I'm not trying to defend Saturn or the dealer who you had do the
    work, but in this case the failure could not have been detected prior to
    the actual failure two weeks later. That said, for me at least, TWO
    simultaneous solenoid failures seems hard to chalk up to coincidence.

    Bob Shuman, Sep 18, 2007
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    raamman Guest

    thank you for your information Bob, I have found myself increasingly
    distrustful of Saturn dealerships over the years and every occurance
    or incident just reinforces that, combined with the knowledge that
    business is very slow for them. The 1st part of your reply is
    comforting, the 2nd undoes the 1st- so it is very balanced.
    raamman, Sep 18, 2007
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