Saturn has being running awful since oil change (my son-in-law change it)

Asked by Nov 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM about the 2006 Saturn VUE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My son-in-law wanted to be of use, and said he could change the oil in my 2006 Saturn
VUE (6 cylinder). Well, he drained the oil out of the pan on the bottom of the car (a
important pan in oil - not a place he should have taken out), and didn't change the filter.
The car has not run well since. (This did occur of a cold winter snap of air.) A friend told
us that the car was filled to over a quart of oil and that the transmission fluid was down.
Said to change the oil again with a filter, and add just a little to the transmission fluid.
He also said the low state of the transmission fluid was causing the problem due to the
below 30 degree weather.

So..car was running fine before the oil change. Now it won't go into gear unless we shift
the automatic to a gear and hear it klick. Also, the RPM is running up to 4 to change a
gear (I don't mean we have a straight shift, I mean from 1 to 2 in the automatic). Also,
some times it while 'lose' the gear it is in, while you are on the road. We have to stop
the car, restart, and listen for the click again. AUGHHHHH!

Is any of this true? Or do I have a real problem with the Saturn now? My son-in-law
swears he did not touch anything on the car.

Thank you so much!

3 Answers

check the oil level....seems like he drained the transmission by mistake? Did you get an 'oil' light? of course replace the Air Filter...if cold weather be the problem am going to recommend a new air intake sensor or IAT charge sensor~ this if faulty could stall ya' You must check the transmission fluid level HOT in park, with the handbrake set...idling...stick should be between the two hash marks....Crankcase OIL must be checked after waiting for all the oil to drip into the crankcase....then pull the dip stick...do not overfill~

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Judge is right, it sounds to me that your SIL drained the transmission fluid and never added any back. Then you mentioned that he never took the oil filter off and now your oil is a quart too high. Because the oil filter and passages usually hold about a quart of oil, so that all make sense. Sorry to tell you, but if you have been driving it for any length of time, and in fact your transmission fluid is low, the transmission is probably burnt up and you need a complete rebuild. I hope that isn't the case. In the meantime you should drain 1 qt of oil out of the crankcase to the correct level, and have a mechanic put the proper amount of trans fluid in the transmission and hope you didn't do too much damage. HTH's

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Sounds like he drained trans and over filled the oil not good let us know what you find.

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