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Old 02-19-2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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2005 VUE 3.5L
2007 VUE 3.5L
Default Re: 04 Vue is making weird noises that I can't figure out

How many miles?

1st problem ... has engine started when you hear grinding? Could be the Bendix gear is slow to back away from flywheel/starter ring. You could pop the starter off and try adding a touch of lube to armature shaft.

2nd problem ... can you pinpoint to either side? Do you hear noise if you try sharp (unbraked) turns in either direction? Elevate front tires and pull top and push bottom to check for any movement (bearing or incorrect axle-nut torque).

3rd problem ... can you duplicate the cricket by vigorous bouncing of rear end while parked? Sort of need to know if its internal (collapsible grocery rack or loose jack) or something to do with running gear or suspension.

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