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2004 Saturn ION Transaxle humming noise varies with road speed

My 2004 Saturn ION Transaxle is humming along as I drive which I wouldn't mind but it sounds like big nobby snow tires on a pickup truck. If it could actually carry a tune for me I might tune out the radio.

According to the local mechanic, the transaxle is the source of the noise and he could take care of it $3,000 later - about what it is worth at this point. I have 124,000 miles on it. I know, I drive a lot. But it's mostly highway mileage - like that matters anymore.

I guess I'm looking for some verification and whether I should endeavor into such a fix. I'm worried what's next.

Thanks for your time!

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  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    I think I remember this problem from a coupla weeks ago. I suggested that the tires be checked for cupping -- was that done?



    I've experienced mechanics diagnosing tire problems as bearing & joint problems. It's just a second opinion which might be worth the time.

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I would get a second opinion. A trans will not usually make loud niose and work correctly. A wheel bearing/ hub will make the noise you describe and is far less to fix. Good Luck

Posted on May 28, 2009

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