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Saturn outlook 2008 front end grinding

I get this front end grinding noise and have felt the car shutter when turning going up hill or down hill.  I have mentioned this to saturn on three occasions and they can never find a problem or the make the car reproduce the noise.  This is very concerning to me because i'm afraid it's going to cause me  to get into an accident when I have my children in the car.  It feels like the tire is rubbing into the fender.  Does anyone have a answer or have the same problem?

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  • nannymel Oct 12, 2008

      Hi Mike,


      It only happens when going down hill and it's not constant and it's only when i'm going down and turning or if i'm going up hill and fit a bump or dip.  I've had it looked at many times by Saturn and they can't find a problem or make it make the noise.  Thanks for your help.

  • pyschoskater Nov 26, 2008

    I got the same problem and it always happens, it started getting worse yesterday, i can feel vibration through the steering wheel and it kindof veers off a bit help please

  • jhall205 Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem, it's when I make a left turn uphill. I have taken it to Saturn several times and they think I'm crazy. It does not do it everytime, but same place near my house. It feels like it is not going to make the turn, and a loud metal on metal sound. Almost like the it is skipping.



    They say that they have driven it and replaced a few parts, but not solved the problem. I am afraid that one day it will not make the turn.



    Any suggestions?

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Hi there Nannymel,

You didn't mention whether or not the grinding is constant, if it increases tempo when you accelerate?
Or if when you brake, the noise changes.

There are a few things this might be.
The most likely is a wheel bearing going out.
]The most serious would be indicative of a potential brake problem. And that is nothing you want to put off or have done by an amateur.

To be on the safe side, have your brakes looked at by a qualified mechanic / brake specialist.

As for the other possibilities:
A vehicle that does not go is inconvenient.
A vehicle that does not stop is dangerous.

Have the brakes checked first. Get back to me with the results, we can take it from there if necessary.

Mike

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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    Justin Case Oct 13, 2008

    OK, a few more questions (sorry, I'm trying to narrow it down)

    When it happens<


    • Along with the grinding, can you feel a vibration transmitted through the steering wheel?

    • Does the car become difficult to steer? Veer or wander?

    • Is the steering loose? Hard?

    • Has the vehicle hit anything hard lately (like a curb or speed bump)?

    • Is there any evidence of uneven tire wear?
    Pop the hood, on top of the wheel wells on either side of the engine, you'll see the mounts for the shocks. do they look or seem loose? Evidence of play?

    Look under the car at the front wheels. You're looking for the rubber boots around the drivelines attached to the wheels. Is there a tear or rip? Any evidence of grease/oil escaping?

    When Saturn checked it, did they actually take it for a drive?

    If the problem is not the brakes, other possibilities include:


    • Loose wheel bearings

    • Bad front end alignment

    • U-Joint on drive shaft(s) failing

    • Faulty shocks or shock mounts

    • Worn ball joints or steering components

    • Unbalanced tires
    If there is a route you take that the problem always happens on, Perhaps taking the Saturn mechanic for a ride yourself to duplicate the problem would help.

    In the meantime, we can still narrow it down more.
    Mike


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I have the same thing on my Outlook, it only does it when it encounter a fast turn or bump while turning, i have assumed that it was the stabiliTrack causing it.

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