This is my first post on any blog so any advice is sincerely appreciated.
I drive a 2001 Saturn Sl1 w/ 104k miles. I’ve owned it for a little over a month now and have been noticing some sounds that concern me. For example when I put the car in reverse there isn’t much of a hesitation but the car will actually slam into reverse accompanied by a very audible, loud, clunking sound. After doing some research I found that the problem with the reverse is very common with the model but unsettling none the less. I should also mention that the transmission fluid and filter have been changed and I check it regularly, all seems fine there.
I’ve also noticed a very slight “grinding sound” when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd and then a slightly louder “clicking” sound from 2nd to third. Downshifting seems fine, and although I am not 100% certain what slippage is, there doesn’t seem to be any issues with the transmission slipping (i’ve watched tons of videos on youtube and read numerous blogs on various websites about diagnosing transmission slippage).
I have yet to take the car into a transmission specialist but am planning on doing so. I just want to have some kind of idea of potential issues if there are any as well as some peace of mind…
Thank you all for time.