Sticky gear shifter on a 2001 SL1

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Peter, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Recently my gear shifter has gotten noticeably heavier to move -- it
    used to pop into neutral when released from a gear, for instance, and
    now it has to be moved with some force. The car still drives fine, but
    I'm concerned this is the beginning of more serious trouble. What could
    be causing this?

    Peter, Dec 26, 2006
  2. Some more details -- manual transmission of course:

    Year/Make/Model: 2001 SATURN SL (delivery date 05/13/2001)
    Body Style: SEDAN 4 DR
    Engine: 1.9L L4 SPFI SOHC
    Fuel: GASOLINE
    Driveline: FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
    Manufactured in: UNITED STATES
    Peter Plantagenet, Dec 26, 2006
  3. Peter

    Bob Shuman Guest

    Mileage? Do you drive it pretty hard? Without more details, I'd suspect
    your clutch is wearing and may be going out soon...
    Bob Shuman, Dec 26, 2006
  4. Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the hint -- it has about 73,000. But it may be simpler than
    that -- I checked the oil and saw it was low, so changed it and the
    transmission fluid; it seems to be fine now. I've just not come across this
    symptom of low oil -- or could the transmission fluid be too thick or even

    Peter Plantagenet, Dec 26, 2006
  5. Peter

    Doug Miller Guest

    Certainly if the transmission fluid is low, it's not being lubricated as well
    as it should, and (among other things) the shifts can be kinda hard.
    Doug Miller, Dec 26, 2006
  6. Peter

    Bob Shuman Guest

    Agreed. Hope that the fluid change does the trick for you. At 73K miles,
    assuming conservative driving habits, then the clutch should still have
    quite a few more miles.
    Bob Shuman, Dec 27, 2006
  7. Peter

    Doug Miller Guest

    Yeah, probably, but that depends a *lot* on the driving cycle. City driving,
    particularly in heavy traffic, is very hard on clutch linings.

    Highway driving, on the other hand... I used to drive a Mazda RX-7 commuting
    to work about 45 miles daily (round trip), almost all of which was highway. At
    about 80K miles, I had to drop the transmission to change the clutch pilot
    bearing (a notorious weak point in the RX-7) and found that the clutch disc
    had more than 90% of its original thickness left.
    Doug Miller, Dec 27, 2006
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