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Question DetailsAsked on 4/5/2014

Problems with my 2004 Saturn VUE. Problems with Gears, Reverse gear is not working. and the Neutral is going forw

Neutral gear goes forward. Please help?

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OK - reverse is out, neutral is now forward - probably Drive, I would guess Drive is now low, etc. I will bet no Park working either, right ? Is probably a linkage or shifter adjustment issue. If you have a mechanical linkage from shifter to transmission (steering column mounted most likely but some floor shifters with auto transmissions are fakes - not actually connected to transmission gears, just to the same type of shifter as is on a column mounted shifter), then maybe it has slipped or gotten a kink or something, so a certain gear shift position no longer matches up to the right gear.

If you have an electric shifter (no direct rod linkage), then either the position sensor at the shift lever has moved, or the transmission selector solenoid is not "stepping" correctly through the gears. One other remote possibility is the transmission control module in the car's computer has gone bad, but usually that does not affect getting all gears - it just makes for automatic shifting at the wrong speed or not at all.

Could be a simple adjustment if linkage from shifter to transmission - maybe something came loose, adjusting nut vibrated back, or some road debris came up and hit and bent it. If electric shift, may require column or floor shifter disassembly, or replacement of electric shift solenoid or transmission control module.

Hard to say where to take it - a transmission shop or the dealer would be my recommendation, because assuming it is a fairly modern car, I would not trust just any mechanic to work on a transmission issue, plus he may not have the full computerized diagnostic equipment to assess teh sissue if electronic in nature.

NOTE - DO NOT TRUST PARK even if it works - may not be fully engaging, so do not park on any hills and fully engage parking brake until you get it fixed. OBvisouly, safer to have hauled to shop then drive, because there is a chance it will totally fail, leaving you stuck in one gear or neutral.

Unlikley to happen, but remember, if you do drive it to the shop and it gets stuck in gear on you and will not idle without wanting to keep moving, turn off ignition to stop - your steering and braking will get harder but will still be there to stop and steer with.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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