My 2003 Saturn Vue, 6-cylinder, all-wheel 4-wheel drive, 115,000 miles has been making a creeking kind of noise when the steering wheel is pulled all the way in either direction. It was much louder when there was snow built-up and I though it was due to snow pack hindering the steering mechanism. However, that's not longer an issue and the sound continues, although at a much lower noise level.
My ex thinks it's just old car noise, but I'm still concerned about losing steering at some point because a cable breaks--the creeking is what I would imagine a cable being stretched would sound like.
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Re: old car noise or trouble?
I have seen a lot of cars make noise when you turn the wheel all the way one way or the other and usually it is either the upper or lower ball joint. it will be louder when its really cold. i would jack the car up and see if there is any play in the ball joints.
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The only thing that can make a loud noise shakes and go very fast, Is a open TAC (Throttle actuator motor) being stuck open. This applies to a 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder.A disconnected MAF (mass air flow) if this duct came out same situation, Just inspect the duct make sure its on.
DOES THE VEHICLE SEEM TO GO INTO LIMP MODE AROUND 20 MILES BEFORE IT DOES THIS. IF THIS OCCURS THEN THERE IS A SENSOR ON THE TRANSMISSION WHICH CAUSES THIS PROBLEM CHECK WITH YOUR DEALERSHIP AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU MORE INFORMATION
not really able to trouble shoot this .. uhh you may need a new instrument panel.. this is something that a dealer will have to look at as it is illegal to mess with yourself.. But if it were me.. i would hook up an aftermarket odometer.. something you can take out.. and your engine will never gain any miles :) :) odometer would be just so you know the actual mileage.. ever go to sell it.. LOW MILES :)
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i am a saturn tech and ive never heard of this concern,the columns do go bad but they just set a ses light and cut out power,the column could be bad,it could also be the intermediate shaft u joint binding,,,i rec take to dealer, could be serious
we have a 2003 saturn vue which we installed new tires on and we noticed a noise about 6 months afterwards. it sounded to my wife and i to be loud road noise from the tires. the car was driven for 6 months and we decided the noise was annoing. had the tires checked only to find it was the left front wheel bearing which was replaced and stopped the noise.
I have a 2003 vue and had similar problem. I took it to my garage, and it was wheel bearings. I've had to replace both sets since I bought the vehicle. I found out that they tend to wear through wheel bearings. I also found out that they have strut issues as well.
I have the same problem on an '04 model. I'm replacing the Stabilizer link bars. That is here my noise is coming from. Should be able to replace with a minimume amount of effort. Two bolts and thats about it. I'll let you know how it works out.
I currently own a 2005 saturn vue and also a 2002 saturn vue. My 2005 began making the same whistling sound around 36000 miles, I let it go and let it go. Finally it got so bad I could not deal with it any longer, I have a great mechanic and he automatically point out the carrier bareing I had it replaced and my car is very very peaceful...... :) Hope this helps.