Grinding noise front drivers side of engine

Old 05-24-2013, 05:24 PM
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Driving up hill the other day with a heavy load the vue seemed to stutter or miss. It did not seem to make any unusual sounds. I had it towed home on a flat bed and changed the air filter, fuel filter and spark plugs. I took it for a test drive and it developed a loud grinding noise from front drivers side. Seemed to be from where you fill the transaxle fluid. The power train failed, I turned off the car and then back on and power returned, I moved off the street and parked it. This is 4 cyl AWD 03 Vue. The trans. failed, and was replaced under warenty at 70,000 miles. I have about 90,000 on it now. I love this car and humbly beg advice from you, the great, wise and experienced. Help me Saturn owners, your my only hope.
Karl Jesse
Old 05-24-2013, 07:48 PM
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What do you want help with? If the transmission has failed again, what is it we can do for you?
Old 05-24-2013, 08:16 PM
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I'm not versed in the AWD transmission system on the VUE - but I have heard that they seem to have lots of problems. Good luck with the problem ...
Old 05-24-2013, 09:47 PM
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Well, the thing is I don't know it's the transmission, I'm hoping it's not. Is that what it sounds like to you? Is there anything else it could be?
Thanks for the reply.
Old 05-25-2013, 06:32 AM
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Take it to a trusted mechanic and have them check the axle. Maybe you've got a defective CV joint.
Old 05-25-2013, 07:54 PM
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Trannys are not a normal problem for any VUE unless it has a VTI trans. But it's a little tough for us to tell you what's wrong with your car via the internet. We can all sit here and guess, but that's it. I think Rube gave you solid advise.
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