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Hard transmission shift from 1st to 2nd after hot drive

I have a 2003 Saturn L200. After a hot run and after coming to a stop, the transmission shift from 1st to 2nd is HARD AND JOLTING. This started very infrequently a year ago. Now it is more often like every couple of days only after it is hot.

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No solution either here.. but happening with my Saturn L200 2001, see my posting here: would love to find a solution!

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I have no solution, just wondering if you ever got resolution. I've had my 2003 L-300 in the dealership at least six times in the last year for the same problem. They've changed a bunch of stuff, but nothing has fixed it. The problem occurs more frequently and I'm losing any faith that they'll figure out what's really causing the problem. What happened with yours?

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  • Phillip Brooks Oct 09, 2011

    I just went through the same problem with a hard shift from 1st to 2nd on my L200 automatic. I changed the air filter & it went away! Try changing your air filter first for less than $12 to $15 dollars yourself BEFORE letting them do anything to your transmission! After driving a few blocks stopping several times & restarting it went away. The cooling fan was running all the time too & after changing that filter it stopped running all the time after those few blocks of stopping & starting again. Try it & you will like it!

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    adamsmowers Dec 02, 2012

    my 2001 L200 does it. I believe it might be a shift solinoid

  • Ian Francisco Jul 17, 2013

    My mechanic says Saturn solenoid packs get dirty. Very common problem. $45 part.



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Make sure you maintain trans fluid, may be low or very dirty. get serviced,

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