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#270 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [mbullhead]
Dec 23, 2011 (2:59 pm)
I have a 2006 Vue 6clyd 2WD, i love this car and i have now had it for 2 and a half years and have never had any issues out of it. over the past couple months i have had a sound coming out of the front end it seems, it sounds like a growling almost it only does it when im going under 50 mph, and sometimes it will jump almost kinda of how a manual transmission will do until i get at a comfortable speed. What could this be? Today was by far the worst i have ever seen this car act. As i was on the interstate i had been driving for a while with the car in cruise control at about 60 mph, when out of no where the car didn't shut off but the mph started slowly going down and when i would push on the accelerator it wouldn't go anywhere it would just roll. I was eventually able to get it off the side of the road but i had to limp it to the nearest parking lot, it would barely go i was just pushing on the gas pedal and it would just roll. It seems to me from past experience that it has something to do with either the fuel pump or fuel filter? Since i have had the car it has never had any kind of tune up or filters changed, other than just basic oil changes when needed. I really hope its not the fuel pump because lets face it i can't afford $500.00 for a pump right now, so if you could offer any advice or help it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
#271 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [kam_90]
Dec 23, 2011 (6:07 pm)
I think you're looking at 2 separate issues:
Jumping could be torque converter....there was a recall regarding the Honda torque converters like yours...I don't know the details, you may want to contact your dealer to see if you are eligible. Sometimes just changing the trans fluid cures the problem but there's no guarantee.
The "limp home" as you call it is likely the car going into "reduced power mode". I bet the engine light with the downward facing arrow lit up while this was happening. What has happened is that there is a communications problem between your gas pedal position sensor and your throttle position sensor. Either the sensor on the gas pedal is bad (likely), or the sensor on your throttle is bad (less likely) or there is a wiring issue somewhere between them (even less likely). It is not difficult to diagnose or repair and any good dealer or otherwise qualified mechanic will be able to fix it...it may not be cheap but it will be easily diagnosed and fixed. It is actually an interlock which is there to protect you and your car from wildly accelerating out of control due to the throttle being in one position and your gas pedal being in another.
best of luck
#272 of 334 Re: Saturn Vue: Problems and Solutions [kam_90]
Dec 26, 2011 (12:04 pm)
I'm glad to hear that your Vue has been a good car for you thus far, minus the experience you've described in your post. I understand it might not always be an option, but if you decide to go to a GM dealership for a diagnosis, please be sure to let us know!
All the best,
GM Customer Service
Dec 30, 2011 (8:55 pm)
I purchased this 2003 Saturn Vue in 2008. September 2011 the Vti (CVT) tranny went out while driving down a street. Took it into the shop and paid $4,976.23 for a new tranny, center carrier bearing, and a rebuild on the transfer case. Now in December of 2011 I have an EXTREME reduction in mpg's, difficulty shifting between gears, and an intermittent, dry, scraping sound when turning. Took the car into a local GM shop who said my new tranny was still in good operable condition and believe my problems with mpg's, shifting, and scraping sounds to be coming from either the transfer case or front differential, which was quoted at $6,000 to replace. The vehicle has 74,000 miles on it and I did not have these problems until the tranny went out and was replaced. Does anyone have similar issues? Do I still have financial recourse through GM? I have left messages with GM but have not received a phone call back. I would love to just scrap the car but I am unfortunately still making payments on it. I used up my entire savings to do the first repair and can afford no more. Definately was neglectful in doing my homework before purchasing. But never the less I find myself in this situation. Does someone have advice in how to handle this now? I would appreciate anything.
#274 of 334 Re: 2003 Saturn Vue [gr82balive]
Jan 02, 2012 (8:13 am)
Happy New Year,
I see you have been in contact with us already - did you have a Service Request established? If you were to email us that number, we could look into its progress and let your agent know you've been in contact.
GM Customer Service
#276 of 334 Help!!! Engine Transmission Mount
Jan 02, 2012 (5:24 pm)
I had an accident which lead to major car problems. The core support is twisted, the head gasket is blown and the engine/ transmission mount is broken. All the other problems have been fixed but, I can't find the mount I need ANYWHERE!!!! It is not the passenger side mount. My mechanic says it is called the front transmission mount. It bolts to the frame below the radiator with one bolt and to the transmission with three bolts. I need help ocating this part. Any help would be awesome!!!!!!!!
#277 of 334 Additional info!
Jan 02, 2012 (5:42 pm)
I have a 2004 saturn vue, 4 cyc, manual transmission
#278 of 334 Throttle Actuator Control System
Jan 03, 2012 (2:31 pm)
My 2003 Saturn Vue has 125,000 miles. Recently the "Service Engine Light Soon" came on; this happened to correspond with my next Emissions Inspection. The Vue failed emissions due to P1276 - Throttle Actuator Control System - Idle Position not Learned. Can anyone tell me what this means and possible repair scenarios?
#279 of 334 Re: Throttle Actuator Control System [elderrita]
Jan 03, 2012 (5:31 pm)
This means that your engine computer is trying to figure out where the throttle should be at idle. The Vue uses a "fly by wire" throttle control meaning that there is no throttle cable going from the gas pedal in the car to the throttle. Thee is a position sensor on your gas pedal...as you depress it it sends a corresponding signal to the engine computer to tell the throttle motor where to move to so the engine responds to how far you pushed the gas pedal down. There is also a position sensor on the throttle under the hood to tell the computer where it is positioned at any given time to make sure that it corresponds with how far you have pushed down the gas pedal.
There are 2 likely repair scenarios:
1. The throttle body needs to be replaced as the position sensor or motor are having a problem managing the position of the throttle. I don't know about the cost of this repair but I would bet it will be around $ 500.
2. The throttle body needs to be cleaned as it is binding as it calibrated itself...if you've never had this done or done it yourself after 125K miles, it could be the cheap fix you're hoping for. Its amazing the amount of gunk that will build up on it, especially if you're not changing your air filter regularly. I would try this one first as its as cheap as a can of cleaner from your auto parts store.
Even if you decide to have your mechanic or a dealer look at it, this shouldn't be a complicated problem to diagnose and repair and you'll be back on the road in no time!
Best of Luck!