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Axel Change? I have a Vue with 40,000 miles. It has developed a thumping sound on the right front and even more noticeable when turning left. The dealer changed the left hub bearing assembly and it did not fix the problem, now they are saying the axel is bad. The sound is a deffinate thumping sound and not the clicking sound you would normally expect from an axel. There is not much feel of the thumping in the steering wheel just the sound and light vibration. Baffels me how a axel could go bad at such low miles. The car is babied and most miles are highway. Does this diagnosis sound plausable?

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I had the same issue and had it fixed for free based on my warranty. I don't remember the name of the part, but it wasn't the axel. From what I was told, it was a common problem, but not common enough to issue a recall. I recommend talking to a few different Saturn retailers. Good luck.

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