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Saturn VUE Steering and Suspension Problems



  • ewixomewixom Posts: 2
    That's not as bad as I thought it would be. I may look into it myself. I'm pretty slow with repairs but I know how to do them. My kid's pretty good, too.
  • sal29sal29 Posts: 3
    A new 2008 VUE w/15 visits to Ed Morse, Brandon, Fl in 13 months. Just platitudes and band-aids. With 3 months of diligent persistance & no concern from the dealer, I made GM take back that vehicle.

    A NHSTA recall for a fix was listed prior to purchasing that vehicle. The problem w/the transmission was never addressed by the dealership. They pulled parts out all over the car, time and again. A total waste of time and money.

    From now on, I will read reviews before I put my money on the table.
  • I have a 2003 VUE also. Sounds like a Conestoga wagon when going over the slightest bump, ( and has for years). Had the bearings replaced because they were shot, but the noise never abated. Apparently from the many forums on this issue, Saturn never has done anything but deny there is a problem. I just wish someone could come out and say that there is a definitive issue and here's the fix! FYI, I had the rear suspension recall work done and the noise was still there.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited January 2011
    Sources of front end noises on the Vue include:

    brake caliper pins- there is an updated bushing which will keep them from rattling or alternately you can load them up with caliper grease to keep them quiet

    sway bar end links - they will make a groaning noise when you turn the steering wheel or may rattle. Easy to replace and under $ 100 DIY

    struts/strut bearings - these are known more for squeaks than rattles. replace the bearing when you replace your struts

    steering intermediate shaft - these have been problematic for many automakers as well as GM. Its the shaft that connects the steering wheel to the steering rack and is a VERY VERY common problem. Easy installation... $ 350.00 part - There was also a TSB about adjusting it but it doesn't pertain to the 03 model.

    Steering column - there was a TSB about replacing the steering column due to a rattle within its gears. This is the least likely offender.

    These are the most common - Good luck...Post back if you're looking for more info.
  • jhadawayjhadaway Posts: 3
    Hi. I have a 2004 Saturn Vue with about 75K miles. I am hearing a very loud, groaning or whining sound coming from the left front tire area. The noise seems to get louder with acceleration. It is so loud that I can't hold a converstation with someone in the passenger seat. I thought the problem probably had something to do with the tire, so my friend rotated the tires for me today. The noise is still there and in the same area. Even after a front end alignment, the car still pulls to the left when driving. When braking, I do not notice pull in either direction. The noise does not change when when turning. Any ideas about what could be going on? I appreciate any information you could share.
  • bfamilybfamily Posts: 15
    If you have an AWD version? It may be a transmission differential bearing PTU bearing.
  • bholcombbholcomb Posts: 4
    Have the sway bars replaced, the new ones will have zerk fitting. Cost about $90 to have done. Put your hand on sway bar and have someone turn wheel, you will feel the groan.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    You likely have a bad wheel bearing/hub. Sounds kind of like an airplane propeller right?
  • mdcrusemdcruse Posts: 1
    I lived with a loud noise that I always thought was coming from the front for 2 years!!! Had the tires rotated, replaced, and even installed some sound proofing and the noise remained and got louder. Then one day a buddy was riding in the back and he said that it wasn't road noise but a metal to metal grinding noise. We jacked the Vue up and moved the wheels to discover it was a back wheel making the noise. Rear hub assembly!! A relatively cheap fix and a rather common problem with the Vue.
  • nvtheheminvthehemi Posts: 4
    Did the camber kit work I am having the same problem with the truck not being able to be alinged thank u
  • mindbodymindbody Posts: 2
    Walter S.

    I did the same thing with the flasher button and the actually button fell down into the dash leaving the lighted portion hovering inside the hole. lol
    Still need that repaired.

    I also am having the front end work - struts, upper mounts and maybe the sway bar bushings and wheel bearings while it is apart.

    Any other advice or suggestions?
  • 2008 Vue, v6. Bought it used w 32k miles. Steering wheel makes the groaning noise that has been well documented above. Car started making a rattling noise (front right) after owning the car for 3 months or so. My warranty covered the replacement struts ($100 deductable). about 6 months later, same rattling noise came back (front right). This time, my warranty covered the upper mounts (another $100 deductable). Now, my newest issue. I was driving on the highway, and had to break suddenly (cruising at 70 in the second to right hand lane, had to slow sown quickly as I nearly missed the off ramp). Mind you I did not lock up the breaks. The car made a high pitched sound like it does when I really step on the gas, it was almost revving. It continued to make this noise for a good 15-20 seconds. I was at a stop light, not moving, tried putting it in neutral, park, nothing would make the revving stop. I turned off the car. Turned it on, it would not go away. Finally, got back up to 5th gear again and the noise went away. Now, this same issue has happened twice again in the last few days. Any mechanics want to take a stab at this one? Also, anyone else notice this car shudders a lot when cruising on the highway?????
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057

    I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Were you planning on taking the vehicle to a GM dealership to be diagnosed? Please keep me posted on any information.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • Hi Caron,

    I am planning on taking this to be looked at soon. Is this something that GM has heard of (the revving after breaking suddenly)?
  • I have a 2003 Saturn Truck Vue V6. When starting and putting the gear in either forward or reverse, the electronic steering freezes up.

    I have to turn the ignition off, wiggle the steering wheel and restart before the electronic power steering stays engaged. Some times I have to do this several times before the power steering stays engaged.

    I checked the fuses and they are all OK.

    What else can I do at this point?
  • I've got an 05 VUE with 72k miles. While under warranty almost every other year I've had to take the car in for a rattle coming from the front driver's side of the vehicle. It sounds like something is very loose and will fall off, especially going over rough roads and bumps at low rates of speed . Saturn replaced the front strut mounts and bearings three times and the struts once. Now, a year and a half after the last repair which was the struts, mounts and bearing, and now out of warranty (of course), the noise is back. Having contacted GM and gotten a case with them, I took my car to a GM dealer and just got it back this evening. They said the noise wasn't the struts or mounts...they looked fine. They said it was the steering column and caliper pins. Having those replaced, I drove the car home and what should I hear? The same rattling. I'm at a loss now with what to do...especially since I'm out hundreds of dollars. Does any one have any idea what this noise could be? I will be calling the GM rep I was dealing with this past month, but who knows what will come out of that.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Intermediate steering shaft - it connects the steering column to the steering rack- goes right through the firewall...Its usually the last part that they change to fix a steering rattle.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,057

    I apologize for the problems you are experiencing with your vehicle. Could you please email us your case number? We would like to look further into your situation.

    You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • Hey Fedup, sorry to hear about your issues. We bought our 2008 AWD V6 new and it's been a workhorse with almost no hiccups..except the one you're describing here. A couple of weeks ago, we started experiencing a high-pitched engine noise after braking firmly. It turned out to be the power steering pump needed to be replaced, which was covered under our warranty, as was the rental car we needed while waiting for the part to come in. Since then, it's been smooth sailing!
  • Question: How many camber bolts should be in the rear wheels of a 2009 Vue? (I'm not a car tech person, so forgive any awkward phrasing!)

    Background: I just purchased four new tires for my Vue and had an alignment done. They indicated the rear wheels were out of camber, and also indicated that in most cars there are two camber bolts in each wheel, not just one, which is what they found in the rear of my car. They indicated that even though they were able to align it to within spec (barely), that the car/wheels are not aligned, only the four wheels.

    I took it to the dealer who is honoring the Saturn warranty work, and the first reaction was, "it doesn't need two because the rear wheels usually don't need much adjustment; there are two in the front wheels. I've never had to add two." Then he questioned the validity of my mechanic. My first reaction was, (a) don't assume I'm an idiot and badmouth my mechanic who has provided great and reasonable service for 15 years, and (b) just because you didn't add the bolts doesn't mean they're not needed.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?
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