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Saturn VUE No Start

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  • I am having similar problems with my vue. When the control module was replaced did it fix it?
  • I have had the same problem with the locking system and the light won't go off. now the battery won't start the car.. Does anyone know of a recall on this problem email sss_signs3@yahoo.com .. thank you for your post I will try this that others have tried.
  • I am having the same issues, and I was starting to think it was only me. My 2006 VUE would start and then die within a few seconds, and then after that the interior lights and the headlight would not turn off. I have tired this a few times, and still the same thing. This has happened to me 3 times every 6 months and the last time was this past weekend. 2 times I got strained at a super market, and the other time was at home. I had to call road side assistants for them to call me a tow truck, and then had to wait over an hour for the tow truck to come. By the time they arrived, my car was completely dead. They towed it to the dealer ship I have bought my car from in Trevose PA, and every time I called them they told me it was something different then the first time it had happened, and then they couldn't find nothing wrong with it and always winded up with a new battery. I knew since I got a new battery, this shouldn't happen. But when I talked to the mechanic they kept telling me it was something different then last time and that nothing was wrong. So now after I have read all this, next time my car does it, I'm gonna ask them about the Main Control Module or the ECM? I'm just getting tired of wondering when my car will do this again especially when I'm out at a store. I hope they post a recall or notice that there is a lot of people out there with the same problems. So if anybody else knows anything about recalls or problems with the 2006 VUE please post. :lemon: I think next time I'm gonna tell them I want a new car, since this is a new car and see if they have ever heard of the lemon law!!!
  • I have a 2002 Saturn Vue and its run well for 4 years now until lately. I can drive for about 30 minutes and then the engine shuts off. Electricity is fine still, so its not the alternator since my battery doesn't drain fast. Radio stays on, windows work, etc. I have to sit back for like 15-20 minutes and then it starts again but shuts off after about 5-10 minutes. I recently had a cracked fuel tank and my fuel sending unit was busted, but both of those have been fixed. I have no drain in fuel or a drip or vapor leak anymore, but this didn't fix the issue either. I am wondering if it is my ECM or my security system shutting off my car (my key does pull out of the ignition even while its driving, so maybe it could be that!). I'll try the security thing first with the car keys
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    4 cylinder or V6? Sounds like an issue with the crankshaft position sensor - as they are on their way out they will start failing intermittently as they get hot. They tell the fuel injectors when to squirt fuel into the engine, when the CPS fails, no fuel is delivered...More common on the V6...I don't think its the security issue as it does run for 30 minutes...check engine light on??
  • Yeah, V6. So, how much is that to get replaced?
  • Shygirl,

    Does your Vue have the Pass-Lock Theft Deterant system? If so I would check that out. Take it to Schucks Auto parts. Or what ever they call themselves in your area. I had a similar problem with my 05 ion cept I only pulled it out of the garage and parked in the drive way. Came back a couple hours later and the darn thing would not start. I called the dealer and spoke with a mechanic and he told me to do the same thing you did. This happened a couple times and finally I took it in and they replaced the ignition switch. This solved the problem till I moved from Tacoma Washington to eastern Idaho where the temp in the winter is usually below 10 most of the winter. Nights it gets to minus 20 and then my car does the same thing sometimes. I have to fiddle with the ignition switch to get it to start. put the key in try to start it. take the key out, open the door, get out, close the door, open and get back in then try to start igain. Sometimes this works sometimes a variation of this works. Don't really know what is up. But I recommend testing the passlock theft deterant system. Especially if the key comes out with the car running. This system tells the computer that someone is driving the car without the proper key in the ignition switch, like the key with out the black plastic on it which is for when you lock your keys inside the car. That plain key does not have some kind of computer chip inside it. Best of luck
  • I had a vue, the crankshaft position sensor went out as well as the computer (BCM?)

    both were 500.00 repairs. The sensor can be intermittent before it gives out completely.

    They pretty much have to take your car apart so its a day or two or three to get it back. This is a pretty common problem with the vues.
  • kingcatkingcat Posts: 13
    :sick: The same problem occurred again today. The engine turns over but would not run. The gas and heat gauges fail to indicate.

    Like the last time I had to get under the hood and remove the ground strap and electrical cables on the ground side of the battery.

    This time after driving to where we went the car electrical system was dead.
    I tracked it down to a lose screw on the positive post of the battery.

    Not sure how long the battery had a lose connection? The car seems to run better.
    No doubt that was the reason my Vue has given me problems in the past.

    Bottom line is take the ground cables off. There are two and then check out the screw on the positive side.

    I've never taken the positive side cables off. The dealer in Las Vegas managed to
    do that. I'm not pleased that the Vue computer system failed for the 5th time.

    I do not recommend taking the ground cable and ground strap off the battery. You can do damage to the car or if you short out the battery serious injury can result.
    Do so only if your a qualified mechanic.
  • 1999 sc-1 100k miles. My son's first car. Didn't start one day. Would not crank. Not the battery. I jacked car up, got under the car and whacked the starter several times.The car started. Figured bad starter. Replaced it. couple of weeks later, same problem. After a ten minute drive, every once in a while, it would not start. All the bells and lights and whistles would come on, but when the key is turned all the way to start, engine would not crank. Nothing at all. Then, miraculously after 15-20 minutes, the car would start and run perfectly.(Could have saved starter $) This has happened several times during the past 2 months. My mechanic says it has to happen for him , for a diagnosis. Unfortunately, it never does. My son is usually at school or at the store when it happens. He waits the 15 minutes and it starts. I did notice one thing. After it does not start, if you turn the key to off and remove the key, a clicking sound , not unlike a turn signal, can be heard coming from the passenger side of the trunk, rear seat area. Stuck relay? it "clicks about 10 times then stops. Have yet to locate exactly where sound is coming from. Don't know if one thing has to do with the other but I'm dumbfounded. Any suggestions?
  • kingcatkingcat Posts: 13
    :sick: Today's automobiles are so advanced only those with special training can find problems. Hitting the starter might have worked twenty years ago.

    I wish I could just tell you take it to an authorized service center and they will solve your problem. My experience is most technicians are not computer engineers.
    They depend on the input of the customer and their diagnostic test set.

    The standard method of trouble shooting a computerized vehicle is checking for ECM errors. If no errors are stored in the computer then it is a guessing game.

    The problem could be as simple as re torque the battery cables or checking for good electrical connections to the starter.

    One simple thing any person with minimum trouble shooting skills can do is carefully remove the battery ground cable and the ground cables. Replace them
    after several minutes.

    That reboots the complex computer system. It might be all that is needed. My 2006 Vue problem was solved after the service technicians could not find a problem.

    The positive terminal bolt had come lose. I agree the tech should have caught that error. There is a risk of shorting out the battery so either know what your doing or let a person who does perform the task.

    There will always be intermittent failures in vehicles with complex electrical systems.

    I have not had any starting problem since I found the lose positive terminal cable.
    Granted that seems simple to find but it took months before the bolt backed out far enough to disconnect all the battery voltage.

    Usually the service people are as eager to find the problem as you are so work with the dealer.
  • Hi Giseeu,

    I have had a similar problem. When I am unlocking car with remote, Saturn Vue 2003, the door locks automatically relock themselves before entry. Re open with remote again and then on occasion car starts and shuts off after a few seconds. Figured out that after disconnecting battery for about 5 minutes, the vehicle starts and everything goes back to normal.

    Did your problem go away when the BCM was chaned or has it returned. Anyone who has found a solution please feel o respond.

    Trinisaturn.
  • Hi Kingcat,

    Since the ECM has been changed the problem in your vehicle has never reoccurred?, Re. the car shut off after one second and all instruments go dead?

    How much did the ECM cost?
  • How was the security system reset? Without having access to manufacturer/dealer computer to read and reset.

    Please advise.
  • Hey I have a 2003 Vue I had the security module burn out. I first saw the security light on the dash but it went off, came back on went off, I ran a few earns, when I got home and locked the car in about 15 minutes the horn alarm was beeping. I went out and unlocked the car, and locked again and the same thing. Well I figured I have to take to the dealer to fix.
    So 2 months past the warranty the security mod kit needs to be replaced, like $800
    so now since June when the warrenty was up I have had the water pump go and this. security problem.

    I am quickly loseing my faith in Saturn
  • Hiya, my 2003 vue has 53622 miles on it, the last time I took in for service 8/25 I was not pleased. Well first off they had to fix a security module that cost $800 and as im driving home I notice there are an extra 23 miles put on the car, so somehow as they worked under the dash they bumped the dials and added miles. :mad:

    and I also got an oil change and they left the old reminder sticker on windshield :mad:

    Total bill :cry: 792.42
  • :lemon: I think more and more I hate my 2003 Vue.

    The warranty just expired in June, 08 The water pump died, coveder under warr still cost me 423.00,

    Now the security light problem, took to saturn dealer and told me 45.00 to check it out, The gal came back and said the security mod kit had to be replaced like 756.00. and they ask if I wanted toget a new tire because one has low tread.

    They changed the oil, somehow while they fixed the security module they moved my milage up 26 miles, and the left the old reminder sticker for oil change on the windshield :mad:
  • what problem did you have exactly? why did you have to change the security module?

    i am having problems with saturn vue 2003...:

    on opening vehicle with remote...it is closing back immedately for itself...
    then car start for 1 second then shuts off......would not restart....
    flashing headlights when car is in park......
    steering wheel goes hard....stiff.....
    a few times when trying to open with remote...everything is dead....remote does not work...have to enter car manually turning key on door...when key inserted in ignition everything is dead.....
    only way to get car started is to disconnect battery for 5 minutes..then reconnect and car works.....

    anybody having these sort of problems and found a solution please let me know....
  • i am having problems with saturn vue 2003...:

    on opening vehicle with remote...it is closing back immedately for itself...
    then car start for 1 second then shuts off......would not restart....
    flashing headlights when car is in park......
    steering wheel goes hard....stiff.....
    a few times when trying to open with remote...everything is dead....remote does not work...have to enter car manually turning key on door...when key inserted in ignition everything is dead.....
    only way to get car started is to disconnect battery for 5 minutes..then reconnect and car works.....

    anybody having these sort of problems and found a solution please let me know....
  • what problem did you have exactly?

    i am having problems with saturn vue 2003...:

    on opening vehicle with remote...it is closing back immedately for itself...
    then car start for 1 second then shuts off......would not restart....
    flashing headlights when car is in park......
    steering wheel goes hard....stiff.....
    a few times when trying to open with remote...everything is dead....remote does not work...have to enter car manually turning key on door...when key inserted in ignition everything is dead.....
    only way to get car started is to disconnect battery for 5 minutes..then reconnect and car works.....

    anybody having these sort of problems and found a solution please let me know....
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