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#239 of 328 Re: 2004 Vue V6 Redline Tranmission problems [scubyvu]
Aug 14, 2011 (8:53 am)
Here's my .02....
The engine and trans in your Vue were built by Honda and are the same that were used in the Honda Odyssey. Bring your Vue to a Honda dealer and get their opinion. They work on them all the time and have a bunch of experience with them. Its likely something that many of them do and they have likely seen the issue many times before. It may be something very minor.
While there are plenty of "Saturn authorized service centers" at GM dealers that do a reputable job repairing Saturns, I think a Honda dealer will have much more experience with your drivetrain.
#240 of 328 Steering Difficul
Aug 21, 2011 (8:10 pm)
I have a 2003 VUE with an automatic transmission. I have had numerous problems; the car has 125,000 miles. When I am driving, usually it happens if I've turned a lot of corners or have to turn the steering wheel multiple times to get out of a tight parking spot, the steering becomes extremely difficult--you can almost not turn the steering wheel. As soon as it happens the "service soon" light comes on.
If I pull over, turn the car off, and wait a while, I can start the car up and it will allow me to drive. Sometimes I can get to my destination, sometimes, it happens again before I get there. I've noticed that that the problem is more pronounced on very warm days or if the car has been in operation for longer than 30 minutes. Also, when I put on the turn signal, the high beams come on for a couple of seconds..not sure if the issue is related. Yesterday, it looks like there was a little smoke coming out of the steering column. I've seen others post similar comments; I would appreciate any guidance you can provide.
#241 of 328 Re: Steering Difficul [elderrita]
Aug 22, 2011 (3:55 am)
I had the exact problem.
The steering column is bad. You have to take the car to a Saturn dealer and have it replaced as it is dangerous to keep driving the car with this problem.
Not the cheapest fix as it will run close to or just over 2gees. However worth it if you plan to keep driving the car.
#242 of 328 Re: Steering Difficul [bajjan]
Aug 22, 2011 (2:55 pm)
You were right on target. The Saturn dealer said it was the automatic steering motor or something to that affect. I asked if it could be individually replaced, he said in the 2003 model, it came in one piece so you have to replace the entire steering column.
You are right on target.
#243 of 328 Power Steering Issue-Can A Dead Battery Cause This?
Sep 08, 2011 (10:07 am)
I have a 2008 Saturn Vue Redline with 50k miles, yesterday I left work and entering the on ramp of the freeway, with the turning of the wheel it felt like the steering column broke free from the connection to the axles to continue to turn the car. The steering became really loose and I ended up pulling over. Once the car was towed, the service shop informed me that the battery was completely dead! I didn't have any warning lights or anything come on in the car informing me of a dead battery. So my question is, because the ENTIRE car is electric under the hood, would the dead battery issue, have caused the power steering to become non responsive while driving? Needless to say...I replaced the battery and it seems to drive good but I was wondering if I should take it to the dealer to run a diagnostic just to be on the safe side? And if thats the case, what do I have them check?
#244 of 328 Re: Power Steering Issue-Can A Dead Battery Cause This? [lovemyvue]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 08, 2011 (3:38 pm)
When the engine dies, you no longer have power steering.... It's pretty disconcerting.. You can still steer, but the effort goes way, way up.. many people have never driven a car without power steering and mistake the lack of power assist for having no steering at all...
Sound like what might have happened to you..
(old enough to have owned cars without power steering.. )
#245 of 328 Re: Power Steering Issue-Can A Dead Battery Cause This? [lovemyvue]
Sep 09, 2011 (8:53 am)
I apologize for the issues you are experiencing with your vehicle. If you would like to visit the dealership, I would be happy to locate the nearest dealership for you if you would like.
Caron, GM Customer Service
#246 of 328 Oil Filter Location 2010 Vue 4Cyl
Sep 14, 2011 (10:50 am)
My son has 2010 Saturn Vue with the 2.4 4cyl and wants to change his own oil. Where is the filter located? Does he need a special filter wrench to get it off? He bought the new one and it is cartridge instead of the old style can.
#247 of 328 Re: Oil Filter Location 2010 Vue 4Cyl [dirtbikedad]
Sep 14, 2011 (6:41 pm)
The oil filter is on top underneath a black plastic cover. Use a 32mm or 1-1/4" socket to get it open. Make sure that the cartridge "clicks" when he puts it in the cap before putting it back on.
Sep 28, 2011 (12:05 pm)
In the last 2 months or so, my 2004 vue 3.5 V6's idle drops down to 200-300 when the engine is cold when shifted into rev or drive, almost to the point of stalling. After the engine warms, it's not as bad.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.