2005 Saturn Vue loud rear end

Tiny
TINA LYNN
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  • 2005 SATURN VUE
  • 4 CYL
  • MANUAL
  • 91,000 MILES
This is a tow car for my RV. I have had it 8 years and have not had to service it except oil changes and new tires. This fall I towed a really small trailer 1400 miles and it seemed fine. The last two weeks it has had like really loud tire like noise when I go over 50. The tires were getting worn so I put on new all weather tires. It rides better but the loud sound is still there. The noise does not seem to be coming from one side or the other. What should I have checked out?
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 12:02 PM

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Tiny
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So the noise is coming from the back?Its probably a bad wheel bearing.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 12:06 PM
Tiny
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I had the rear wheel bearings replaced along with front brakes and a new belt. I can not believe how quiet the Vue is now. Next I will get all new struts and the mechanic said I should have now issues for a long time! Thanks for your input.
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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 AT 5:38 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome I would have only replaced the bearing that was bad not both. Also those struts usually last a lot longer then 91,000 Are they leaking oil or something?
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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 AT 9:13 PM
Tiny
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Remember that the Vue is a tow car. It probably has 15000 more miles on the wheels than the odometer says. Also being a tow car it gets bounced around more than if you were just driving it. About 2 years ago I started to wonder if I had a bad strut because of the sound it would make every time I hit any kind of bump. After towing it south last month, another 1400 miles, the drivers side front is really rattling with even minor bumpiness on the road.
When our mechanic suggested that I needed new struts is when my husband pulled out my list and told him that was one of my concerns. So since he only charges $50 and hour and does not mark up on parts it is probably a good time to replace at least the front ones.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 2:29 PM
Tiny
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As far as the rattle goes in the front end those sway bar links like to do that when they go bad.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 9:03 PM
Tiny
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I had the front struts replaced and it really does have a better ride now. But the rattle sound was still there. So we went ahead and had the stabilizer bars replaced because the rubber parts on the links were shot. That only cost me $70 and at first it seemed to fix the rattle. But down the road, it was there again. Would a ball joint make a rattling sound? I could live with it if I knew for sure that it was nothing that would fall apart later or cause an accident. I had the mechanic check the tow assembly mounted to the frame also and make sure it had not loosened either. I am starting to run out of things to check.
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 AT 1:50 PM
Tiny
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So you had the part the goes from the strut to the sway bar end replaced?
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014 AT 10:49 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it was called the sway bar linkage and it attaches about half way up the strut.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014 AT 8:43 AM
Tiny
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I have seen the caliper pins rattling.
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Friday, February 21st, 2014 AT 9:41 PM
Tiny
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I can not believe that when the front brakes were replaced 2 weeks ago that they would not look at the brake caliper pins and bushings. Looking up other people with Vues, it sounds like that might be it. Well at least if they were not replaced, that will be one more thing to try. Thanks!
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 8:31 AM
Tiny
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The problem is the caliper pins fit a little loose in the caliper housing bore and rattle.
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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It seems weird that when we first start out, it does not rattle. After about a mile, it starts in. We will check out the caliber pins this next week.
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Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 AT 6:39 PM
Tiny
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I was reading about caliper pins on Saturnfans website, it was mentioned that their rattle would stop when they applied the brakes. Mine rattles even if the brakes are applied and to update it has been rattling right away instead of after a mile or so. So do you think it might still be the caliper pins? If this is not it could it be the ball joint? My husband is tired of dealing with it and thinks we should just put up with the rattle.
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 8:36 AM
Tiny
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If it doesnt stop when applying the brakes then its not the caliper pins.
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 AT 8:22 PM
Tiny
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Just an update, The rattle sound in the front end ended up being a bad strut mount. It was worn out and was not replaced when he replaced the struts. A good front end guy found the problem. Now it runs and sounds GREAT! Thanks for all the advice.
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 AT 10:53 AM
Tiny
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Glad to hear you found the problem noises are hard to find when I cant hear them in person.
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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 AT 5:39 PM

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