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Suspension Noise Problems of Saturn VUE



Saturn VUE owners have reported 6 problems related to suspension noise (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2004 Saturn VUE 1
Failure Date: 05/05/2011

We have a 2004 Saturn Vue, and while driving heard noise, but didnt notice anything right away. When parked, realized that the tires were bowed outward. Brought it to a mechanic, and found out the rear suspension was sheared off.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2006 Saturn VUE 2
Failure Date: 06/27/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue. 2. Tl-contact owns a 2006 Saturn Vue (fwd). A. Contact has experienced 2 rear wheel brg (timken) failures (Saturn part #15871427) since may 2008. First failure was may 07, 2008 (mileage 58,086) which was indicated by a light squeal noise emanating from the rear of car & increased hum of the powertrain and higher-than-normal speed on the tachometer (car spd 60 mph). Saturn of el cajon, CA. Replaced the defective rear wheel brg under warranty on may 07, 2008. B. Second failure was June 27, 2008 which was indicated by a barely discernible high-pitched hum noise emanating from the rear of car & increased hum of the powertrain and higher-than-normal speed on the tachometer (for the speed of the car at 60 mph). Saturn of el cajon, CA. Replaced the defective wheel brg under warranty on June 27, 2008. C. Contact stated that this is a potential safety hazard as there is little indication to the average driver that a brg failure is occurring. Furthermore, if the brg catastrophically disintegrates during highway speed driving and seizes, it could cause the vehicle driver to lose control of the vehicle. Oem is aware of the problem as oem has re-designed the suspension parts on the 2008 Saturn Vue, including providing a newer replacement design for all timken wheel brgs (replacing Saturn part #15871427) with a more durable new bearing design (Saturn part #19206600). D. Contact comment: the avg automobile mtbf (mean-time-between-failure) for an automotive wheel brg (per timken automobile customer service, tel# 866-984-6536) is approx. 100,000 miles. According to timken rep, each brg is tested and built to whatever oem tells them to do-the oem decides the longevity of brg when they write the specs. The failure mileage was 58,086.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 3
Failure Date: 03/17/2006

: the contact stated there was a clunking noise coming from the front suspension at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for inspection. The dealer determined the front control arm linkage and bushings needed to be replaced. The service department performed the repair as instructed by the dealer. The problem was with the rear suspension lateral link assemblies. Updated 04/06/06.

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car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 4
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

We took our Vue in for the recent recall requiring replacement of rear lateral link assemblies. We had a "clunking" noise in the front and were told the front link assemblies, front stabilizer shaft and front mount assembly and strut upper bearing needed to also be replaced. We had to pay for this. Car is only 2 years old but has 48,000 miles on it so it is off warranty. We were told the damage was not due to driving (I. E. Hitting a bump, railroad track, etc) but it was "because the parts just were corroded. Probably from road salt" by the service rep (jesse scott, Saturn of grand rapids, mi). Could there be a connection with the recall for the rear suspension and the additional damage to the front suspension? again, the car will not even be 2 years old until may, 2005.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 5
Failure Date: 01/19/2005

While driving at any speed vehicle jerked and vibrated uncontrollably. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and the mechanic determined that the rear suspension needed to be replaced. Vibration was felt at speeds of 75 mph. The consumer heard a grinding noise when making left or right turn. Rear wheels locking and skipping. The dealership found rear differential was bad causing vibration and dragging of wheels. The consumer stated that the manufacturer put out a technical service bulletin but failed to alert the consumers. Technical service bulletin dated 04/04 # 03-04-20-003a.

car image   Suspension Noise problem of the 2003 Saturn VUE 6
Failure Date: 02/10/2004

2003 Saturn Vue. The front sway bar links and torsion bar have been replaced three times and the problem recurred. The suspension and steering made grinding sounds and the car handled differently. They were replaced on March 8, 2004, March 3 2005, and July 27, 2005. The vehicle has 29,000 miles on it. Saturn told the consumer to see the dealership about the problem. The abs activated under normal braking conditions. The wiper switch was replaced due to a short. The steering shaft needed to be lubricated.