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Old 01-29-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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9-5 ARC Trans problem

I have a 2002 9 5 arc and the trans drops into 2nd and then there is almost nothing there.I remove the ecm fuse and then it works fie for awhile then all over again.My car is in Florida and I am overseas right now but return in may any sugestions.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:57 AM   #2
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You will have to get it to a Saab place or a transmission shop, that could be several things.

2002's were the first year for the 5-speed automatic trans and are notorious for valve body issues, but it could be several things. Somewhere that can read the transmission fault codes may be able to help narrow it down.

Also need to make sure it has the correct level of the correct fluid - that 5-speed transmission needs to have Toyota Type-IV (type four) ATF. The transmission is Japanese manufactured and the Toyota fluid is the correct factory spec and is cheaper than the same stuff in a GM bottle.

If it recently had the fluid changed by someone who didn't use the correct fluid sometimes changing it back right away will help.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #3
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I have a 2002 ARC Auto. 133K When I put the shifter in drive from park, it takes like 2 or 3 seconds before it engages and it bangs into gear. The joints are all fine. I had them checked out. It does not do it in reverse. Sometimes it doesn't do in drive either when it's a cold start. I keep my foot on the brake petal when I put it in drive. When I drive off, the transmission shifts perfectly and when I come to a red light it down shifts smoothly. The transmission calls for Mobil 3309 fluid (according to the manual). It says: mineral based. What does mineral based mean. Can I use Royal Purple ATF Syn 3309. ??? Thanks again.
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As long as it meets the GM 3309 fluid spec you can use it, but the Toyota Type-IV I mentioned above is cheaper and is the factory stuff.
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