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Saturn Vue Electrical Problems



  • I have a 2002 saturn vue, andthe 15 amp fuse keeps blowing!! I have to change the fuse after 30 min. of driving...such a hassle. Could it be the brake light switch?? Please help me... mother with active kids and tired of changing fuses constantly :(
  • Finally got this electrical problem fixed!! ugh... it was a bad post in the electrical harness that goes to the dashboard. I noticed that for months the radio was acting funny... then the stalling and not starting randomly problem. All related to the same thing! not too expensive... $370 at Saturn. Not as bad as I thought it would be!! :blush:
  • skingsleyskingsley Posts: 2
    I loaned my '06 Vue (V6 AWD) to a friend recently. She didn't realize that it has daytime running lights and turned the lights from 'auto' to 'on' and drained the battery. After I jumped the battery to get it going again, I notice that the clock is not working, the radio and CD player also are not functioning. I checked the fuses under the hood, the only one that seemed to refer to the stereo was labeled 'prem sound', but that fuse wasn't blown anyway.
    Is there another fusebox that I need to check? Or does anybody have a suggestion that will help me fix this?
  • thalwachsthalwachs Posts: 3
    edited June 2010
    Has any one had problems with their DLR not working? Mine stopped working but every once in a while the green dash light blinks than goes out. I've checked the DRL relay & that is good.
  • thalwachsthalwachs Posts: 3
    There is another on the passengers side of the center council , about where your left foot would be
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    There is a resistor in the DRL circuit as well as the relay - I believe its located front left in the harness in the fender. As long as all of your wiring is good, your relay checks out OK and your headlights are not burned out, its likely the problem - its an issue that turns up from time to time. There is a TSB about it & it might have been part of a recall at one time. I think its especially prevalent in areas which see a lot of road salt...

    good luck..... :shades:
  • sardog13sardog13 Posts: 2
    My warning lights are randomly turning on and off. The Service Engine light is on but the code comes up blank when it's checked. The ABS and Brake light illuminate off and on. The Speedometer and Tach Gauges randomly drop to zero and pop back to normal with in a second or so. This is usually accompanied by the ABS/Brake/Check Engine Light(s). On top of all that, if I turn on the Rear Windshield Wiper and then the Rear Window Defroster, the Security Light flashes and the Defroster turns off. Separately, they work as advertised. The engine,power steering and brakes are not giving me any problems. :confuse:
  • thalwachsthalwachs Posts: 3
    Thanks for the Info. I'll check it out
  • mirandajmirandaj Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 Saturn Vue, and for a long time my service engine soon light has been on, and a couple weeks ago my service light came on, along with my reduced power light (along with reducing my actual power). I took my Vue to the dealership and they replaced the thermostat, oil cooler, and throttle body control module, and the lights went away and everything was great. Well now my service engine soon light is back on, and also the reduced power. Before my reduced power light comes on, my RPM's fluctuate a little for no reason so I have no idea what could be going on. I called the dealership and they told me it could be a number of reasons, and to bring it in on Monday (it's currently Friday), but I am so irritated that I don't know if I even trust them anymore. Any ideas what could be causing this??
  • skingsleyskingsley Posts: 2
    Turns out there were no blown fuses for the radio. It is an 'anti-theft feature'. If you replace the battery, or disconnect the radio or run down the battery, it needs to be connected up with the GM network to be re-authorized. This way the punk that steals your radio, can't use it. Funny thing was, it's also supposed to say that it's LOCked out, and mine didn't show that. It just cost me $99.50 to get my radio re-authorized.
  • jjk37jjk37 Posts: 1
    I am looking to buy this vehicle from a non-dealer used car lot, VIN 5GZCZ33D56S888680, and I would like to know if the 34 TSBs listed on Edmunds have been applied. How could I find out?

    Also, who will provide service to Saturns after the dealership grid closes?

    Finally, any history on the life of the GM Ecotec engine? How many more miles left in this Vue?

  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    A TSB is not like a recall, it is only a factory recommended fix if a vehicle exhibits a particular problem. If you never have the problem, you never need the fix...

    There are "authorized saturn service centers" which you can find by zip code on

    There's nothing special about a Vue, any mechanic can work on them

    The Ecotec has been a pretty solid performer and is used across numerous vehicle lines. The 2002-2003 Ecotecs had an issue with the timing chain oiler which could sometimes cause the chain to break and destroy the motor. Not all do but with an 06 you don't have to worry about it.

    There are plenty of Ecotecs on the road well past 150,000 miles (in the Vue and others too) - its a good design that offers decent HP combined with excellent fuel economy. The ecotec was a nice match for the 1st gen Vue. As long as it was maintained this ecotec should have years of service life left in it.
  • I have a 2009 Vue and have been having a few issues with it the last couple of weeks. I've noticed the instrument panel lights (during the day) are usually on, but sometimes they aren't. Also one night I was out on the highway, had the cruise on & had my mp3 player hooked up. Out of nowhere the display on radio went out - like it was turned off - and my music stopped. At the same time my cruise shut down. A couple of seconds went by & then everything was working again. I had to reset my cruise though. A week later I had the same mp3 player problem. Then today I had the mp3 player problem for a split second. A little while later, I hear a chime & see a display that says that the stabilitrak is off. What in the heck could this be??? :confuse:
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Hello Camismama237,
    I apologize that you are experiencing a problem with your vehicle. Have you had the vehicle diagnosed for the concern? Can you please email me your VIN and current mileage? You can get my email by clicking on gmcustsvc. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • rrhollarrholla Posts: 1
    edited July 2010
    I have a 04 Saturn Vue, and about 3 weeks ago I hit my remote to unlock the doors and the front 4 doors unlocked but my back hatch door stayed locked; so now I can't open my hatch door. I don't know if all models are this way, but my 04 doesn't have a key hole in the back hatch; it must be unlocked either with the remote or the front door switches. Has anyone ever come across this problem?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    Not common but not completely uncommon either... Follow this link to get it open and make a repair: link title
  • poco247poco247 Posts: 1
    I have been having alot of issues with my Vue in recent months. It started when my Vue would stall as I was pulling out of a parking lot. (a few times over 2-3 months). Last month I just spent about $1000 replacing my AC Compressor which had a large crack. About 2 weeks later I take it in to a GM dealer for a routine oil change and as I am leaving the parking lot, the radio starts acting crazy. It is toggling from FM Radio to AUX on its own. I turned the radio off and it stopped. It has happened several times since and I can't figure it out. I called the dealer and he was baffled. Thinks it is electrical. Any ideas?
    Keep in mind during the 4 years I have had this vehicle, I have also had to have the ignition switch replaced because my Key would not turn. And also had to have the wiring replaced in the steering column. It was getting too hot and the wires were burning. I just don't know what to do.......
  • My wife has a 2003 Saturn Vue 4cyl that just hit 100K. All of the sudden the instrument panel has gone crazy. The RPM, Speed, Gas Guage, Temp all go up rapidly (if they work at all); ABS, Security, check engine, parking brake lights all go on and off. Her remote keyless entry works sometimes and other times is does not. Last but not least I was test driving it and her power steering seemed to be going in and out when lights were flashing.

    Wow who knew 100K was going to be the down fall of this car. I see people talking about TSB's for the 2006 does this apply to the 2003's. If so does anyone have the recall tag or TSB information? Thank you in advance for your help.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited August 2010
    There was no recall for this problem..

    You most likely have 1 of 2 issues:

    Bad (corroded) grounds on the Body Control Module or a bad Body Control Module...the BCM controls all of the things that you mention have gone nuts and some others too.

    Replacement of the BCM can only be done at a dealer as they have to program the part to your specific car in order for it to work correctly.
  • My 2002 Vue 6 Cyl AWD with 65K just went through this, twice! I was getting all sorts of false indications. The Body Control Module was going bad. I had it replaced (new key fobs came with it as the are specifically coded). The first one went in OK, but died within a couple of weeks and I had even more issues. It was replaced a second time at no charge. It's worked great ever since then.

    Unfortunately, you can't get one from a junk yard as they are programed to a specific VIN and can't be reused. It was around $700 to fix. $100 was just to program it at the dealer. My own mechanic did the work for a lot less than the former Saturn Dealer would have.

    The BCM is just a PCB in a plastic box about 2 x 5 x 8" and is way up under the dash. All the labor is in taking the dash apart.
  • amc7amc7 Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Vue and yesterday the indicator lights on the left side of the dashboard came on and won't turn off (tire pressure, traction control, door ajar, air bag lights, gas gauge didn't work, didn't display gear I was in when I shifted out of drive). It was raining out when this happened. Took it to Auto Zone, they weren't able to pull any error codes off the computer. Not sure if I should take it to a local mechanic or if this is something only the dealership can fix. I no longer have a warranty on this vehicle - over 103,000 miles.
  • I recently had a lot of work done to my 2002 Saturn Vue. When I finally got it back I started experiencing another problem. What is happening is that when I'm mainly driving in the hot afternoon, in stop and go traffic A/C on or off, my temp gauge starts to go up like its going to overheat and when I come to a stop/idle position the oil light goes on. But as soon as I pick up speed the gauge goes back to normal and then the oil light doesn't come back on. The place that did all the repairs has replaced the oil sensor twice and have hooked it up to their computer two different times and have found no code problems. They won't give me any clue what it might be, but a friend of mine who works on cars alot swears up and down what the problem is (don't want to say cause I'm seeing what your answer is) and when I tell the service place this, they don't agree or disagree. What do you think it is?
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited September 2010
    Please let us know what engine you have and if you had a lot of work done, let us know what work was done so we're not completely in the dark and making uneducated guesses without the proper info...every engine has its quirks and knowing this information is very important!

    Does your radiator fan come on as the temp gauge rises? Are your fluid levels OK? Have you had to add antifreeze or oil as if it is being "consumed" by the motor? Was the water pump replaced during "a lot" of work? What exactly was replaced during "a lot of work"? How many miles are on your Vue?

    Without relevant information its almost impossible to help you but since we're all guessing here I'll throw one in a couple too:

    Your engine coolant temperature sensor has failed...
    Your radiator fan has failed...
    Your engine has high miles and the oil pump is failing...
    Your powertrain module (PCM has failed)...
    You have a bad head gasket...
    If its a V6 - your intake manifold gasket has failed...

    The lack of trouble codes means nothing. If your engine broke in 1/2 it likely wouldn't set a trouble code but it sure would be hard to start!
  • This problem started when the A/C was turned on in the summer. If the A/C was turned on and I was in 1st, the car would stall out- if I was in any other gear, it felt like it was "pulling" hard to run, but the higher the gear, the better it ran. Now, it happens even with any fan (heater)- doesn't have to be the A/C- you turn on the fan, and it stalls out in 1st and pulls in any other gear. I am assuming there is a switch or something going out? But how do I know without paying a million dollars to a mechanic? I have just over 60,000 miles on it, and I bought it new to avoid just the issues that I have had with other cars....anyone have any ideas out there??? :confuse: ">
  • I have a 2002 V6 AWD. just over 97,000 miles No fluids are low, and the fan does come on. The work I had done was radiator hoses replaced, timing belt, water pump, serpentine belt, cam cover gaskets, A/C Charge. And then after all that and I got the car back is when this other problem starting acting up. I hope this helps.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373

    I've been thinking about this and I have to say that you've certainly got an interesting one on your hands.

    I'm thinking that your engine is idling too low which leads me to think that the throttle body needs to be cleaned cause its filled with gunk or that your IAC (Idle air control valve) needs to be checked. Low idle would explain the rise in temp as well as the low oil pressure.

    Match what your mechanic said?
  • bpv1bpv1 Posts: 1
    edited October 2010
    We just purchased our 2007 Saturn Vue AWD 9 days ago, and pretty much since "Day One" (of course, it didn't happen on our test drive, nor when we took in to service twice), we've had a problem as follows: It can happen at any speed, and with the cruise control on or with us using the gas pedal, but is most prevalent going lower speeds, say 35 mph and under...the vehicle will kind of "chug" or "lurch" and the tachometer jumps up and down just a bit, not a big drop or anything, but simply goes up and down to the beat of the chugging. Makes us nervous because we finally gave up another vehicle that had the tranny go twice within a year and a half. Help? Thank you in advance.
  • 442dude442dude Posts: 373
    edited October 2010
    Vues powered by the Honda V6 have had torque converter issues with the transmission. Before you freak out:

    Change the transmission fluid - the Honda trans is VERY sensitive to dirt in the transmission fluid. Make sure that they use only the Honda trans fluid (I believe its called Z1)

    Don't let them use a flushing machine on it as it will screw it up...It takes 3 drain & fill cycles to get most of the fluid changed and it should be done every 30,000 miles or so. Assuming that you have the V6 - bring it to a Honda dealer and let them do it - its the same trans that's in the Odyssey and they're VERY familiar with it.

    If you're planning to do it yourself, let me know and I can probably find you a link to a "How to"

    Good Luck :shades:
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Hello Bpv1,
    Have you spoken to the dealership about the problem? Have you had the vehicle diagnosed for the concern? Do any codes come up on the DIC? Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • Hello....I have a 2003 saturn vue 2.2 L 4 cylinder engine. This afternoon I went to start the car and nothing. I had some flickering of lights on the dash and I could hear a clicking noise in the engine compartment when the key was in the run position. I think I could feel the clicking coming from one of the relays. I tried jump starting the car but that had no effect on the problem. does anyone have any suggestions?
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