Saturn Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Does your clutch pedal feel different?
When you put the car in first gear when the car is not moving, do the gears make a grinding noise or is it just hard to get in to gear?
There can be 2 issues, you are leaking clutch fluid or trans fluid. You need to do a few fluid level checks. First check the clutch fluid level. The clutch fluid reservoir is next to the brake fluid reservoir. Make sure the fluid is full. There should be a fill level line on the reservoir.
Checking Hydraulic Clutch Fluid Level
To check the fluid, remove the cap and diaphragm. The fluid level of the hydraulic clutch system should be within 1.22-1.34 in (21-34 mm) of the top of the reservoir. Fluid should be added if the fluid level is below this specification.
Replace the diaphragm and cap.
The hydraulic clutch system is filled with DOT 3 hydraulic brake fluid (Saturn P/N 21013073) and self-adjusts to compensate for clutch wear.
It is not necessary to regularly check clutch fluid unless you suspect there is a leak in the system. A fluid loss in the system could indicate an external leak. Adding fluid to "top off" your hydraulic clutch system won't help if there is an external leak. Have the system inspected and repaired at your Saturn retail service facility
If this fluid level is normal, then the transmission fluid level needs to be checked.
Manual Transaxle Fluid When to Check:
A good time to have the manual transaxle fluid checked is when the engine oil is changed. A transaxle leak is the only reason for fluid loss. If a leak occurs, take the vehicle to your retailer's service department and have it repaired as soon as possible. The manual transaxle fluid does not require changing.
How to Check:
Because this operation by be difficult, you may choose to have this done at a Saturn retail service facility. If you do it yourself, be sure to follow all the instructions here, or you could get a false reading on the dipstick.
Check the fluid level only when the engine is off and the vehicle is parked on a level surface. Allow sufficient time for the transaxle case to cool.
Then, follow these steps:
Only use Saturn transaxle fluid (P/N 21005856). DEXRON®-III may be substituted if Saturn transaxle fluid is not available.
Add only enough fluid to bring the fluid level up into the middle of the cross-hatched area on the dipstick.
Add only enough Saturn transaxle fluid (P/N 21005856) to bring the fluid level up into the middle of the cross-hatched area on the dipstick. DEXRON®-III may be substituted if Saturn transaxle fluid is not available. It doesn't take much, usually less than a pint. Do not overfill the transaxle.
No maintenance is required for the transaxle fluid. However, it you are servicing your transaxle, follow the procedure below for changing the transaxle fluid:
Note: An automatic transaxle is depicted in this photograph. The manual transaxle plug location is similar to that of the Automatic transaxle.
Tighten Tighten the drain plug to 30 N·m (22 lb ft).