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Saturn Vue Noise, Rattles and Vibration



  • There may be a machining problem on the block, but it sounds like the starter gear is hanging up in the torque plate. I would have the torque plate checked also. Back in the day, starters would have to be shimmed to get the right fit with the torque plate (or flywheel for manuals). Shimming would be the only option left if the torque plate is OK.

  • srtuzzysrtuzzy Posts: 3
    They finally got it fixed. It a Bearing Mount that they replaced. The front is perfect now but I am starting to hear the same sound from the rear. Not as bad but still I notice it. If it gets worst I will bring in all my paper work and have them look at the same thing.
  • jac72jac72 Posts: 3
    Hi Chris, Thanks for the idea, makes sense, I'll check it out.
  • kesonhokesonho Posts: 1
    I put up with a clunking noise coming from the right front strut area of my '08 Vue XR for a long time because nobody knew what to blame it on. I had it in one shop for a full day with 3 techs working on it and they couldn't pin it down. They assured me it was safe to drive though. Knowing this, I got under there myself for the 3rd time and looked for the really strange stuff. I noticed that the top end of the dust cover bellows of the strut had come loose from the top cap that is supposed to hold it up and keep the dust out of the strut rod. The action of the strut over bumps was pounding the inside top of the bellows making the noise. I cleaned the mating surfaces really well on the rubber of the boot and the inside of the cup. Then I smeared some industrial strength super glue with gap filler onto the perimeter of the boot top. After pressing it up into the cup and holding it there for about a minute, I let it rest for 1/2 hour. Put the wheel back on and went for a test drive. Guess more noise.
    My guy at the shop where they spent a day on it tells me that Monroe is coming out with an after market strut for the Vue in the Fall of 2010. If the noise returns, I will go that direction. Monroe makes a good product at a good price. Better than OEM.
  • peppiepeppie Posts: 1
    Thank you, I happen to be suffering with the same problem with mine and i shall mention this to the repair shop see what they can do :)
  • tassatootassatoo Posts: 1
    Bought a used 2004 Vue, LOVE it except on deceleration it now makes a rattling/rumbling noise. Dont feel any vibration, and it drives fine when accelerating. Local Dealer says it is a central support bearing that needs to be replaced, and the noise is from it vibrating. Like I said, dont FEEL any vibration, so hoping this is a minor fix that does the job. Anyone else have this issue?
  • azhunterazhunter Posts: 6
    I have an 07 I took it off road and the next day I noticed just as it idled it had a vibration then when I shut it off it makes a loud shake noise sounds like coming from the front right. when I put pressure on the intake it calms it down while running so possibly thinking it is a motor mount but they look find to me. It drives me nuts though

    We could use the help
  • I've been reading all the problems with the 07 Vue, and I have loved mine up until this week. I have the "rumble strip" problem when braking, and just this week started hearing the "high pitched" noise coming from the front of the car. I'm sure it's the struts, and all. It has 55,000 miles on it, and I sure do hate that it is now falling apart. Anyone have any GOOD suggestions on what to do. I have a 1,500 mile trip coming up next month, and now am scared to take it because of these issues. Anyone?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hello 07vuewowner,
    I apologize that you are experiencing an issue with your vehicle. Have you had the vehicle diagnosed by anyone? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    "Rumble strip" braking is indicative that your front rotors are warped...the high pitched noise is very likely the wear indicators on your front brake pads telling you that they need to be replaced...

    Your Vue isn't falling apart, it needs routine servicing... :shades:
  • I have a 2005 Saturn Vue (V6/FWD) with 103,000 miles. A few weeks ago, I had my tires rotated. A few days later I went on the expressway and after 50 mph I had a terrible vibration that got worse as the speed went higher. Eventually, I went back to the vendor where I had the tires rotated and had them recheck the balance. Went out and the samething happened after 50 mph but seemed a little better. So they did a rotate on the right side (no change), rotated on the left side (no change). I had about 46,000 on my BF Goodrich T/A tires rated for 50,000 miles. So I ended up getting a new set of Goodrich T/A tires and there was no change. At the higher speed, I put the car in neutral and the vibration continued possibly ruling out a drive train issue. The tire vendor pretty much threw up their hands and said they had done everything in their power. I then went to a local Chevy dealer and they felt the vibration. A visual check couldn't find anything. They put it on an EVA (Electronic Vibration Analyzer). They theorized it was a leaking front right axle. I had the axle replaced and an wheel alignment and there has been no change. I went to another local mechanic and he rebalanced the tires, checked the wheels, the brake rotors and rear brake drums. Still have a vibration. They felt it was a tire issue after all of that. I went back to the vendor and they replaced the right front tire and checked the balance of the left tire. No change.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Did anyone check the condition of the front struts? By 103K miles you should have already replaced them once...
  • Found it was the passenger motor mount. It wore down to the metal basically melted easy fix 86 bucks for the part.
  • The last shop checked the front suspension, wheel bearings, etc and told me everything was OK. Thanks
  • I have the same high pitched noise when i apply the brakes fairly hard -- i have taken it to 2 different shops and they both say the brakes are ok-- could it be anything else -- 2006 vue
  • I had the rotors turned about 3 months ago due to a really bad shake when I applied the breaks. Now 3 months later they are starting to shake again. How could that be so soon. I have had my breaks inspected and they say they are fine and they can not give me an explanation for the rotors. I know that some hard breaking can cause them to warp and if they are really hot and hit water that can cause it but I have babied them since I had them resurfaced.
    Any ideas? :mad:
  • If it makes any difference the VUE is 07 V6 Front Wheel Drive
  • I originally posted about the "rumble strip" feeling on my 07 Saturn Vue, and as I read all the great feedback and studying what others were going through, I diagnosed that my problem was the bearings, and I finally broke down, and took it to the shop, and low and behold it was the drivers side front bearings, and had it replaced. It cost about $470 to get it done, but it was worth it. I no longer have the high pitched noise at 30 - 50 mph, and it doesn't rumble anymore. Thank goodness. It was a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully I won't have anymore trouble with it. I am back in love with my Vue. I have a 2 year warranty on the job, and I hope I never hear that sound again. If I do, I know it will be the right side, and can get it fixed. My local Firestone was really good about getting the job done, and fixing the problem.
  • i get this engine vibration on my 2002 l 4 when idling,especially when put a/c on.
    the vibration is not constant,lasts for 5-7 seconds,some days i don't have it at all.
    anybody know the problem?
  • Nice work. Ill have to check mine. My rotor on that side keeps wearing even though I resurface and change pads. I get the same noise and some times I hear the grinding. Great feedback.
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