Locked into second gear

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jscar2000, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. jscar2000

    jscar2000 Guest

    About 3-4 weeks ago while driving home I shifted from third to second
    gear and the gear shift immediately went, for want of a better word,
    limp. No grinding, no lurch, it just went into second and won't come
    out. The clutch will depress and apperas to be operative, but the gear
    shifter does not seem to be linked to anything anymore. This is a 1996
    SL1 sedan, with about 100,000 miles on it. I've been told by various
    people over the phone it could be anything from a stripped gear, to a
    bad transmission, to just needing clutch fluid. Unfortunately, I can't
    locate the clutch fluid dipstick, so if anyone could point me to that,
    I'd appreciate it. Any ideas/comments as to what maybe wrong?
    jscar2000, Aug 11, 2006
  2. jscar2000

    SnoMan Guest

    The clutch would not make the shifter limp. YOu either have a problem
    with the shifter and its linkage or in the shift rails in tranny. I
    suspect linkage first here though.
    SnoMan, Aug 12, 2006
  3. jscar2000

    Steve B. Guest

    There is a small plastic piece where the shift linkage connects to the
    transmission that tends to break. When it does your shifter is
    effectively disconnected from the transmission. Last I heard Saturn
    only sells the whole shift linkage for some crazy price but there are
    some inventive fixes floating around out there and someone on e-bay
    was selling just the plastic piece for a few bucks.

    Google for "Saturn shift linkage" and you should find some answers.

    Steve B.
    Steve B., Aug 12, 2006
  4. jscar2000

    SnoMan Guest

    I would not be surprized as GM tries to milk out maximum profit.
    SnoMan, Aug 12, 2006
  5. jscar2000

    Private Guest

    Google is your friend. It finds 51 threads from just this newsgroup.


    You can also search here

    Good luck
    Private, Aug 12, 2006
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    psued0m Guest

    Actually, about 6-7 months ago I did have to have that clip replaced.
    I was shifting from 4th to 5th, heard a grinding noise, and then
    couldn't shift into 2nd, 4th or reverse. I could shift into 1st, 3rd
    and 5th with no problems. So it sounds like it's this problem
    psued0m, Aug 12, 2006
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    wavy Guest

    Same thing happened to me 3 weeks ago!
    Problem was the "front-back" attachment point. The plastic cap that
    the shifting rod/cable fitting in place snapped off. (WHIMPY piece of
    I used a large folder clip (essential huge paperclip) to hold the thing
    in place.
    No problems since then!!!
    wavy, Aug 13, 2006
  8. jscar2000

    psued0m Guest

    Turns out it was the shifter cables. Had the dealer replace them, and
    haven't had a problem since htne....(knock on simulated wood panelling)
    psued0m, Sep 4, 2006
  9. jscar2000

    danielr Guest

    Just few questions:
    What year is your Saturn?
    Model? SOHC?
    If the dealer replaced the linkage; how much "did it hurt"?


    daniel r.
    danielr, Sep 4, 2006
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