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Old 03-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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2002 Saturn Vue vibration

The neighbor has an issue with vibration in their Vue. I took it for a drive and it happens on corners, mainly when the suspension unloads, and even more noticeable with acceleration. Vibration isn't really felt in the steering wheel.

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2002 Saturn Vue, V6, AWD
147,5xxx miles

Thinking possibly CV joints and/or worn suspension bushings.


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Has had P0128 code for Thermostat for years... which means it also has stock spark plugs. He doesn't want to pay for the labor from a shop ($400+) to get it changed because you have to pull the intake manifold and some other stuff.

Uneven wear/cupping on inside shoulder of driver front tire.

Harder to turn right then left.

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Old 03-24-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Tell your neighbor cars don't just run forever and they have to actually do maintaince. I honestly wouldn't play the guessing game on a non maintained car. It needs a complete once over.

How did he have a code for years? Did it never get inspected?

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Tell your neighbor cars don't just run forever and they have to actually do maintaince. I honestly wouldn't play the guessing game on a non maintained car. It needs a complete once over.

How did he have a code for years? Did it never get inspected?
The shop passes if it's only 1 code/not something important. Thermostat is a $15 part but $400+ in labor.

Same shop said the vibration is from an engine mount being 'disintegrated' but I put it up on stands and looked at the 2 on the underside front/rear of the trans and they look fine and the one on the passenger rail looks fine. One on the driver rail is under a bunch of stuff and can only see a small amount of it but it looks OK from what I see as well.

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The shop passes if it's only 1 code/not something important. Thermostat is a $15 part but $400+ in labor.

Same shop said the vibration is from an engine mount being 'disintegrated' but I put it up on stands and looked at the 2 on the underside front/rear of the trans and they look fine and the one on the passenger rail looks fine. One on the driver rail is under a bunch of stuff and can only see a small amount of it but it looks OK from what I see as well.

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You can test the mounts easily. Just have someone keep their foot on the brakes the whole time and then hit the gas. If then engine moves more then a little bit you likely have a bad mount somewhere.
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