Thanks, did not know about that hole. This hole is is definitely rusted out, since I could pull a piece of rusted metal off of the bottom of the muffler and can feel exhaust coming out of it.
Yeah, it is a pain that it is not easier to check the transmission fluid levels. Do you think old transmission fluid could be causing this problem? How much does the transmission service usually cost?
I had the car scanned at advanced auto parts, but no codes. I did take it in to a mechanic and he scanned the computer during driving and said he was getting error codes on the TPS during shifting. He said that to start we should replace the TPS and then he could look further for other issues.
Reviewing the maintenance schedule it also says we should renew the cooling fluid, which we have not done since we bought it @ 48,000 miles, could old cooling fluid be the culprit?
I read this thread: http://www.2carpros.com/forum/2001-saturn-l200-saturn-l200-hard-shifting-when-fans-come-o-vt450777.html
in which the person seems to have a similar problem in that it happens on hot days with the air-conditioner on. He replaced the TPS and cleaned the throttle body and that seemed to have fixed his problem which makes me think a TPS replacement and or cleaning the the Throttle body might fix the problem. But again testing the TPS with an ohmmeter showed no dead spots and the throttle body looked fairly clean.
One thing I forgot to mention is that the car conked out the second time this problem happened. So when I was pulling over to the side of the road because I could not get the car moving, the engine stopped as I was slowing down. Someone told me this could be due to a clogged fuel filter. I do not see "replacement of fuel filter" in my maintenance schedule, is this recommended after a certain amount of miles?
Thanks for all your help on this!
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If your muffler is rusted out then you will need to get another muffler.No i don't think the transmission fluid is causing the problem.I would think your transmission fluid change should be around a few hundred dollars.If someone is seeing the tps bad while driving i would have that replaced and go from there.You should get your coolant flushed its over due but that's not going to fix any of your transmission problems.Your fuel filter should be replaced every 100,000 miles.
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 AT 4:11 PM