I own a 2001 Saturn SC 2 with a manual transmission. The car has 156,000 miles, it was purchased used. I've owned it for 2 months. I took my car in to a mechanic and requested a tune up. Before the tune up I had the following symptoms:
1)Car running a little rough and using more gas than normal.
2)I also noticed that when I'm pulling in to my inclined driveway first gear didn't feel normal, it hesitated and made a sound that is hard to describe.
The mechanic changed the fuel, air and oil filters, pcv valve, spark plugs and did an oil change. He said that the wireset for the spark plugs was fine. He said he also tightened a lose engine mount. He also said that he couldn't feel anything wrong with first gear. As I drove away from the mechanic's house I noticed that the car would jerk with each gear change. It only jerks when the transmission is engaged; when shifting from 1-2; 2-3 and sometimes into fourth gear. First gear is the worst, it hesistates and jerks and I have to give it a lot of gas to get going. It also jerks when on the highway while in 5th gear.
The oddest thing is that in the morning when the car is cold the transmission feels fine and there is no jerking. Once the car warms up for about ten minutes the problems start. One more thing; I went back to the mechanics to let him know that the car didn't drive like this before drop off, and he said that the clutch was failing. The following morning I noticed that one of the spark plugs was not plugged in all the way and neither was the PCV valve.
Any suggestions, advice would be appreciated.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 AT 3:50 PM