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2008 saturn astra automatic when you shift from P to R, it

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2008 saturn astra automatic
when you shift from P to R, it feels like it should be in R but its not and you have to pull back again to get it there. some times all the lights next to P, R, D, D2, & D1 all light up then it goes back to normal.same when you shift to D, it's there but it will need to be pulled back again. want to fix before this gets worse. based on your suggested fix, if you have one, can you also ballpark the cost.
thanks.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Gary replied 1 month ago.

Hello! My name is Gary.
Welcome to JustAnswer.
I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with a reply shortly.

Expert:  Gary replied 1 month ago.

Hi Will,

The auto trans shift cable is worn at the trans end.

Replace the shift lever at the trans end at the same time.

About $250 fitted at the dealer, might be cheaper at a small shop.

Hope this helps.

Gary

Expert:  Gary replied 1 month ago.

Hello again,

Do you need any further help?

I hope my advice has been of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Gary

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thanks. one of the small mechanic shops i use didnt see the issue you described.... however, i am taking to the dealer (finally) for the takata air bag recall and will have them look into it...
Expert:  Gary replied 1 month ago.

Hi Will,

Your dealer will sort it, little shops probably wouldn't know.

Generally, it is wear in the cable which then makes the transmission range switch adjustment wrong.

All the best to you.

Kind regards

Gary