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On the way to the store it started shifting from first to

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On the way to the store it started shifting from first to second, hard thump between gears, down shift with a hard thump. Check fluid level was low. Added a quart of fluid and now at correct level. Now shift with a thump into reverse. When around the block and it still doing all of the above. Help....
JA: Where exactly do you think the noise is coming from? And how long has this been going on?
Customer: It just started. The whole car shakes when I shift it to reverse, it does do it when I shift to drive, but thumps for 1st to second and when I down shifts while slowing down. Reverse its really thumps hard
JA: What is the model/year of your Saturn?
Customer: 2002 4dr S series
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just added transmission fluid about a quart.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: it has 101200 miles on it. During cold weather it would shift ruff from 1st to second. but now like it doing now
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 10 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.working after noon till just after midnight.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Its looks like the motor mounts are the problem. This model has four, 2 dog bone, 1 upper, located psgr side and transmissom mount on drivers side. Order parts.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would you agree with this. I raise the front off the ground and started it. Had my son shift from park to reverse. The entire motor moved with a hard thump sound not as bad when placed in drive
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 10 months ago.

I would agree that there are engine or trans mounts/roll restrictors faulty. You can do as you have already done while watching each and brake torque the engine in drive and reverse while watching the mounts for excessive movement to see which are bad.

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Thanks Moose.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 10 months ago.

Hello again Chris here,

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Thanks Chris