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The car stalls and jerk on lls, will idle gh and only go

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The car stalls and jerk on hills, will idle high and only go like 30 sporadicly. Acts like a vapor lock sometimes
JA: Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Replaced the 12 yr old battery
JA: Lots of things can cause problems with the battery. The Saturn Mechanic will know what to do. Is there anything else the Saturn Mechanic should be aware of about your Saturn?
Customer: Used fuel cleaner
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** you for the question. Most of the time this is caused by a failing transmission or the catalytic converter failing. The converter will fail and restrict the exhaust causing this. I would start by checking that. Is the check engine light coming on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No lights have come on at all. Car does seem to roll back a little too.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can you replace the vti tranny with a different type of tranny?
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

The rolling back can be in the transmission, but can also be a lack of power. Most of the time it is the converter. If you do not have a back pressure tester most exhaust shops can test it for you.

Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

As for the transmission, unfortunately you cannot. You can only use the same transmission unless you want to also change the wiring harness and the modules to work with something else which will be extremely expensive.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Like precision tune?
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Not necessarily. It is much more in depth than that.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do they still make vti trannys
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is a good reputable place to have test it?
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Any good transmission shop can do it, and they will be cheaper than the dealer. As for the transmission itself, they do not make new ones but this one can be rebuilt if needed.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Would you rebuild one with almost 200k miles on it
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Or get a new car?
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Definitely. These are easily rebuild-able. It will cost a couple thousand dollars though, so if you are in the market for a new vehicle then this may be the time to get one.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Damn that's expensive
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Yes it is. That is the point that typically makes most people buy a new car as they do not feel as if it is worth it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** the help
Expert:  Fix_It_Man replied 1 year ago.

Any time. If you need anything else in the future please let me know. Please rate when you can also. Thank you and have a great rest of your night.