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I DON'T HAVE ANY REVERSE?

2002 Saturn Astra • 110,000 miles

2002 Saturn, went to start it this morning and it started fine, put it in reverse and nothing. Stepped on the gas with it in reverse and the engine just revs. Rolled to the back of the driveway and put it in drive nad it seemed fine. Got back in the driveway and all eletrical hell broke loose, radio light started flashing, SES light came on, lights on the dash and radio were flashing, radio turning on and off, so I shut the car off. Now it wont start, wont even turn over, starter just clicks. Havent tried to jump it yet. Checked fuses and all seem ok. No clue what is going on here!
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Usnavychief41
October 9, 2011.




The trans issue sounds like an internal fault in the trans. It may have to come out and be overhauled but you need a trans shop to confirm.

The other issue sounds like low voltage from a battery going dead. If it jumps, and should, get the battery and alternator checked out.

Roy

**UPDATE** Jumped the car with no problem. Once running car ran fine, shifted through all gears. Parked the car and turned on the AC and it all went whacky again. Turned car off and now it wont turn over. Battery?

Tiny
Usnavychief41
Oct 9, 2011.
What model car do you have?Your going to have to have the battery first tested to make sure its good also make sure the battery cables are clean and tight. Once you have all that done then have that done have the alternator tested. Roy is mistaken a bad alternator/Battery issue will effect the transmission like your having. The transmission is computer controled and uses electrical solenoids to control it so with out the correct voltage the transmission can slip in and out of gear or not go into gear at all. Let me know what you find and we will go from there. First we fix the battery/alernator issue then go from there. Do you habe a multimeter?If you do take the battery to the auto parts store and have the battery charged and tested make sure the battery cables are clean and tight. Once you get that done start the car and at idle use the multimeter to see what the voltage is at idle at the battery cables. Let me know what you find.

Saturntech9
Oct 9, 2011.
Ok, battery was no good, only 2 years and 3 months old. Replaced battery and all is good now. We live in Florida and it has been a very hot summer so I am guessing thats why the battery went belly up so quick. All seems good now, thank you for all the insight!

Tiny
Usnavychief41
Oct 9, 2011.
Glad to hear you got it fixed I urge you to have your alternator tested also they do it for free at the auto parts store.A weak or bad battery can damage or weaken the alternator. Also what happens especially in a hot climate is the battery looses its fluid or acid and causes the battery to fail early. Alot of the batteries have battery caps that come off and you can top off the battery cells with bottled water.I would check and add water as needed about every 6 monthes if you have the removable caps that will help lengthen the battery life.
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Saturntech9
Oct 9, 2011.

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