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Saturn Vue Noise, Rattles and Vibration



  • aide1aide1 Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, I have a 2008 Saturn Vue which was a pre-owned vehicle. While driving it one night the truck starting making a rattling noise and then the check engine light turned on. I read the manual, checked the gas cap and tightened it up. Next day I drove it to work and on my way home from work my truck started rattling again and the check engine light didn't turn off. I called GMC they told me it was under factory warranty. So I dropped it off. Next day repair shop calls me a tells me there is nothing wrong with it but he will need to flush out the fuel system and re program the computer. So I told him okay. But the truck does have a rattling sound and the engine light was on. Once you do what you are planning on doing it can you please drive it and recheck it. Now my question is if there is nothing wrong with it why is the light on and it rattles. Also why the need to flush fuel system and re program the computer.
  • I have a 2007 Vue and had a rattle for the longest time, no check engine light. Had it in to the dealer many times and they could never find the rattle because they are basically not too intelligent. Turned out to be a worn tie rod connector. When the vehicle is stopped, you cannot determine the tie rod connection is worn because it doesn't more under pulling and pushing, needs to be on road. Found one mechanic who had his act together.
    My daughter has a 2005 Vue and has engine light problem. Spoke with a mechanic and he asked if it is misfiriing (hesitating before taking off). I said yes and he told me to replace the spark plug wires. It fixed the problem. It seems that the #4 wire is located too close to heat and may get brittle and become faulty. Only for a 4 cylinder engine apparently. Good luck.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100

    Let us know if you would like for us to follow up with your dealership on this. We can be reached at (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • roxy72311roxy72311 Posts: 1
    Please someone anyone who can offer their two cents I am willing to listen. I bought a 04 VUE ( 10/12) she has some miles but she has been good to me. Although, about 4 months ago I started noticing when I apply the brakes I hear this noise ( kids say its sounds like the car is passing gas ). But to me it sounds more like a dull grinding. It wasn't horrible then, I took it to a mechanic and he said it may be time to get new brakes. So I had new brakes put on ( all the way around ).
    Problem is only 2 months later the same noise came back but this time with more noises. Now there is this scraping sound on the rt passenger side when I accelerate. Also sometimes a clicking noise when I turn right. And lastly when I come to a stop the steering wheel shakes ( not bad but enough ). I plan to have it looked at yet again but wow this can't be the brakes again can it I just had them done. My families safety is important to me but it would be nice to get an idea of what I am up against. Ugh, it it is to much to bear thinking it may be time for a new car. :confuse: thank you in advance.
  • bjp2011bjp2011 Posts: 3
    edited May 2013
    I really sounds like a wheel bearing rear axle.
  • areid83areid83 Posts: 1
    I have a 04 Saturn Vue and about 3 months ago it started sounding like I have a hemi truck. When I am idling at a stop sign or light or if it is in park it makes the noise, but not all the time just sometimes. My mechanic does not know why.....please help
  • Hello: GMcustsvcSarah
    You state that "It is (and has been) known for years that the lower steering column is usually the culprit" and you are logged in as a GM customer service representative named Sarah.
    As a GM REP what will you do to help us get this problem repaired? Since it has been Known by GM for so long and not really addressed in a manner demonstrating fond regard to us or proper regard to the defective part.
    Most TSBs are nothing more than a simple (I'll make a note of that). In this case it has been more than just a few incidents and warrants a repair, not simply a shrug of the shoulders and a turning of one's back on the customers.
    On behalf of all of us who have been "Known about" for years, not addressed but Awaiting a solution, I close this message with;


    Brad Carter
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,100
    Hello Brad,

    I apologize for the frustration this situation has caused you, and we want to try and assist with this situation as best we can. Technical Service Bulletins provides an extended service coverage if the vehicle listed is experiencing this exact problem. As I'm sure you know, this is VIN specific.

    If you would like to send us your VIN, dealer and mileage we can work on doing more research on the issue you are experiencing. We can be reached by email at [attn Amber]. Please feel free to spread this information to other forum members.

    Thank you

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • :sick:

    We have (had) a 2007 Saturn Vue. Yesterday on the way to work, a knocking sound started underneath the hood. Before we had time to pull over, the engine seized and blew. It appears that the clutch from the AC unit had come off and caused the engine to over heat that quickly (we just did an oil change on it 2 days ago and there was plenty of oil). I have loved GM products all my life as my grandfather was a GM dealer for over 60 years, however, I will not buy another GM after this. No engine light nor oil light came on until the engine blew. Now we just have a vehicle that I don’t know if I want to fix or not. To see that the Clutch on the Air Compressor has been an issue and has caused this to happen to others is NOT right! If we choose to fix the vehicle it will be a HUGE expense! Something that should not have happened.
  • leigholeigho Posts: 3

    Need help please! 2004 Saturn Vue with 138,000 miles on it. It has always had a vibration/shake/shudder but not horrible. We sold the car to our daughter a few years ago. She is getting ready to drive it from Texas to Michigan for her move home and called to say that when she hits 50 mph the car shakes terribly now. It keeps shaking up to 70 mph. She's afraid to drive it home. She took it to a repair shop and was told that she needed a $6000 transmission. Does this sound like a transmission issue to anyone? It does need front tires. Could that do it?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,013

    $6000 for a transmission? Well kiss that repair shop goodbye. Tires could definitely be an issue, or a bent wheel, or bad front axle joints. First stop should be the tire shop and see how that goes with a proper wheel balance front and rear.

    It is possible that a bad torque converter in the transmission could "shudder" at speeds between 40 and 60 mph (it's trying to get into overdrive) ---it feels like the car is going over those "rumble strips" that they put on the edges of freeway lanes sometimes. BUT this shudder would not be felt in the steering wheel, whereas front tires needing balance would. If the rear tires are out of balance, you feel the vibration "in the seat of your pants"--literally.

    In any event, this car is not worth a great deal, so if a transmission shop (I mean one that isn't a rip-off---a GOOD shop) diagnosed a bad torque converter, you'd have to consider whether the car is otherwise in good enough condition to justify such an expense.

    Just for reference, try this website and ask them for a quote:

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  • geno59geno59 TexasPosts: 23

    I owned a 2008 Saturn Vue XR. The steering column makes a intermittent rubbing noise. I took to dealership and they finally decided it was the rack and pinion. So at $600 I had it changed, but after 5000 miles I noticed the noise coming back. Now I just finished going to dealership for clunking noise in front of vehicle where caliper pin kits were installed at a cost of $356 , the clunking sound is still present. My front driver seat makes all kinds of squeaking noise like its falling apart. The dealer tried to fix it, but unsuccessful and recommended I get a new frame at a cost of $1700. I only weight 190lbs and never had a seat problem with my other GM vehicles previously purchased. Another noise is the air conditioning controls that makes a constant clicking and popping sound when in the automatic setting. It's like the flapper cannot make up which way to go.

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