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2008 Saturn Vue Electrical Problems

rlf1101rlf1101 Posts: 1
edited October 2017 in Saturn
A week ago I started driving my 2008 Saturn Vue and was on the road for about 2 minutes and noticed speedometer and tach ware not working. Noticed low tire indicator and door ajar indicator and a couple of others. Continued driving and the radio went off. Drove 10 miles to home and turned off the car. Restarted it and everything seemed to work with door indicator on. Opened and closed passenger door and all was fine. Drove it with no problem. 2 days later drove 60 miles and when the car was parked and the lift gate was opened the rear wiper took one swipe. Did it again the next day, so I turned on the rear wiper and seemed to stopped that problem. Haven't had any problems since. Anyone know what is going on?


  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,712

    Sorry, I had to do it.

    Since multiple systems are showing problems, you need to have it scanned for the body controls.
    So the local parts store isn't going to be able to check it.
    When you have multiple electrical problems, there are 2 main common denominators. The battery (and cables) and the computer (ECM/BCM)

    So, what you can check is the battery cables, make sure they are clean and tight. Check the ground cable especially. Follow it down and where it connects to the frame/subframe, make sure that connection is clean and tight. There should also be a flat braided cable that goes from the frame to the body, usually on the firewall.
    If the battery is holding charge, the alternator is putting out 13+V and the grounds are all good, then you are at a point where you need to see what the system is telling the body controller.
    That is where it requires a scanner cable of body control codes.
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