Question about 2002 Saturn VUE

2 Answers

Sparkplug hit by piston in one cylinder

I have a 2002 saturn vue 2.2 liter engine. the problem is that the number 4 piston is hitting the spark plug and causing a miss in the motor that is unbelievable. I replaced it once and within 2 weeks this problem occured again. I am stumped on this one if you can help please do..

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2008

    i have some thing proble with my saturn vue 2003 4cylinder .the day head light is not working



2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Few heads are made that completely clear the pistons when the valves are fully open which happens when the timing is out. the belts only break when running which means pistons will hit valves when this happens this will mean usually the bigger inlet valves get bent but to test this fit a new timing belt which is not too expensive (you will want one anyway), do a compression test on the cylinders. this will tell you how many valves and pistons are affected. the labour will be high as usually engine out and strip down, unless rare or treasured lump cheaper to get another engine. If belt broke due to Ice in the coolant when trying to start, it may have only bent 1 valve.

Posted on Jul 02, 2012

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 360 Answers

This is a common thing on saturns. i dont know why but the #4 cylinder eats rod bearings. i have 2 cores in my shop one with a blown rod and the other one with no bearing. ever since they went to an "new and inproved crank" with four counter ballance weights they have been nothing but problems. get a new engine cause that rods gonna blow........ sorry for the bad news hope all goes well good luck jimmy

Posted on Sep 23, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Piston hitting valve

The procedure is ti fit the timing belt properly. Did you start the process with the engine at TopDeadCenter on the compression stroke of number 1 cylinder? Something is terribly wrong, congratulations on testing the configuration by hand. I've seen what damage has been done by people that just hooked up the battery and wind it over. They had a smashing good time.

Pull all your spark plugs, put your finger over the number 1 spark plug hole and wind the engine over by until you find the compression stroke on number 1 cylinder. Keep turning slowly until you bring you crank timing mark to the timing indicator. You should be at TDC compression number 1 cylinder, you can check with a screw driver or piece of wire that the piston is at the top. Make sure you are winding the engine in its working direction. Now look at your camshaft timing marks and indicators, they should all line up. If the marks are out of line, correct them, do not move the crank.

Once you have everything lined up again and tensioned correctly. Turn over the engine by hand 2 FULL revolutions. Should be all good then.

Mar 23, 2014 | 2003 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

I have a 2002 Saturn vue an sometime it wont pick up speed

Is it a 4 cylinder engine with automatic? Could be that cvt transmission. They are problematic. Or could be a partially plugged catalytic converter in your exhaust.

Nov 02, 2013 | 2002 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

Whats behind spark plugs on a 4.3 liters gmc pick up

Directly behind your sparkplugs are the pistons. If the sparkplug is damaged, it was either the wrong plug and was too long (the piston was hitting the plug), or there is foreign debris in the engine chamber!

Apr 28, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Where are the spark plugs on a 2007 saturn vue 3.5 v6

This is not correct spark plug replacement for the 3.5 liter Honda engine in the 2004 and newer Saturn Vues. The spark plugs are simply underneath the coil packs right on the the top of the valve covers. You do not need to take off the intake manifold to change the spark plugs on the 3.5 liter v6

Feb 13, 2011 | Saturn Vue Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

2000 saturn SL2 1.9 liter #2 cylinder firing all the way to plug and getting fuel through injector but not combusting in cylinder

First make sure that cylinder is getting sufficient spark and fuel delivery once you have verified the cylinder is getting spark and fuel and theres still a problem with the cylinder misfiring take all the spark plugs out and perform a cylinder compression test the compression for that engine should be no lower then 180 PSI if cylinder 2 is lower then that spec there could be a problem with one of the valves not sealing properly, worn or cracked piston rings or a weak headgasket...

Dec 04, 2010 | 2000 Saturn SL

2 Answers

Firing order for Spark Plug wires

Here is the diagram you ask for. While it says it is for the 3.0L V6, it is the same for the 4.0L V6 if that's what you have...


Feb 15, 2010 | 2004 Ford Ranger

2 Answers

Spark plug removal saturn vue 2002

When and how to change spark plugs for 2002 saturn vue v6?

Aug 30, 2009 | 2002 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

I have a 2003 vue with a 5 speed 4 cyl. engine. Having an issue starting, but cant seem to find any plugs. Are there plugs, and is so, where?

They are located at the center of the cylinder head. V-6: the v6 has two heads, front and rear. In each of those heads (front/rear)at the center, there are 3 ignition coils(black circular units- 6 units total) atop the sparkplugs with an electrical connector attached.

4-Cylinder: They are located atop the engine and at the center. There is a black plate/cover across the top of the engine, remove this to access the sparkplugs. Hopefully this helps

Jul 24, 2009 | 2003 Saturn VUE

1 Answer

Idle very rough

if you are sure you have spark on all cylinders, try removing the injectors and check the small filter connected at the tip goilg to the fuel rail. you might have clogged injectors

Jun 02, 2009 | 1993 Honda Accord

Not finding what you are looking for?
2002 Saturn VUE Logo

288 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Saturn Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8826 Answers

Are you a Saturn Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides