SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Models > Saturn Vue > Vue Tech
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-22-2018, 10:33 PM   #1
atikovi
Advanced Member
atikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really nice
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 544
Default Front end clunks or rattles.

Trying to locate the source of these noises on a 2004 Redline with 190,000 miles. Most noticeable going over bumps and potholes. Swaybar and links are tight. Bounced each corner up and down and struts seemed tight. Lifted the front at the frame and used a prybar under a tire and couldn't see or feel any play in the ball joints. What else to check? Could it be strut mounts or the struts themselves?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to atikovi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help atikovi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
atikovi is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 01-23-2018, 06:00 PM   #2
SylenThunder
Member
SylenThunder is on a distinguished road
 
SylenThunder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: MI
Posts: 485
 

2003 VUE 2.2L
2004 VUE 2.2L
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Yeah, I'd check the upper struts, and also the engine mounts.

My '04 had a similar issue last summer, and it was some connector/bushing thing at the top of the strut towers. They were original shocks so we got everything replaced. I'll have to look to see what the specific part was.
I've had engine mounts do something similar on other cars, so doesn't hurt to check them either.

...
2004 FWD, Vti, 2.2L
Custom CAI

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to SylenThunder's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help SylenThunder reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
SylenThunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2018, 09:50 PM   #3
atikovi
Advanced Member
atikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really nice
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 544
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Ordered a set of Monroe struts and mounts.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to atikovi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help atikovi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
atikovi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2018, 11:27 PM   #4
lord_varon
Advanced Member
lord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of light
 
lord_varon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 700
 

2008 VUE 3.6L
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

At,
Check under the dashboard and look at the U-joint in the steering shaft. Also, check all the parts on brakes..... Look at the brake pad retainer clips and the pin bushings. These were the things that I replaced to get my 07 Vue quiet.

John

...
aka
Lord_Varon
07 Vue V6 AWD LOADED!!! aka SUPER CRITTER!!! Sadly gone, and definitely missed.
08 Equinox Sport 3.6 6 spd auto, AWD, even more loaded. And the jury is still out on it.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to lord_varon's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help lord_varon reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
lord_varon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2018, 12:07 PM   #5
Claybury
Member
Claybury will become famous soon enough
 
Claybury's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Mille Lacs
Posts: 215
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Don't forget to check the suspension bushings. The control arm lower rear gives a clunk over rough surfaces when it is worn out. You may not notice it is bad with the frame jacked up as the strut spring pushes down on it. With weight on the wheel it can float.
As long as the strut is out it is a good time to replace the rubber anyway.

...
2002 SC2 1.9L
2007 Vue 3.5L
1985 Fiero SE 3.1L
1974 Triumph Spitfire 3.1L V6
2002 Ram duelly diesel 5.9L
1975 Honda PA50 0.05L (Swarm and destroy)

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Claybury's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Claybury reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Claybury is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2018, 09:38 PM   #6
blaster88
Junior Member
blaster88 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 15

2004 VUE Red Line
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Did you locate a specific cause?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to blaster88's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help blaster88 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
blaster88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2018, 08:22 AM   #7
atikovi
Advanced Member
atikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really nice
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 544
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Just put everything back together but need to clean the inside of the wheels before putting them back on.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to atikovi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help atikovi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
atikovi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 10:10 AM   #8
mlc5
Member
mlc5 is a jewel in the roughmlc5 is a jewel in the roughmlc5 is a jewel in the rough
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 205
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

if the struts don't cure it.. and you've never replaced the mounts.. I would definitely look into them.. . particularly the passenger side mount up top.. (very easy to change).. and the mount up front .. under the radiator.. towards the center.. (pretty easy as well)..

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to mlc5's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help mlc5 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
mlc5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 12:52 PM   #9
atikovi
Advanced Member
atikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really nice
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 544
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Well son of *****, took it for a drive this morning and the noise is still there. New struts, strut mounts, control arms, ball joints, bushings, tie rod ends and it still clunks over small ripples in the road. At least it feels good and tight. Only possible thing left I haven't replaced are the sway bar mounts. So I removed the end links and tied up the bar for a test drive. No more noise. So at least I need those mounting bushings.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to atikovi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help atikovi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
atikovi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2018, 11:05 PM   #10
blaster88
Junior Member
blaster88 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 15

2004 VUE Red Line
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Have you figured out the part number for the Red Line bushings?

According to Amazon these fit:

Moog K200336 Sway Bar Bushing Kit

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to blaster88's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help blaster88 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
blaster88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2018, 07:29 AM   #11
atikovi
Advanced Member
atikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really niceatikovi is just really nice
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Suburban Washington DC
Posts: 544
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

I ordered a pair from a GM dealer with the VIN.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to atikovi's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help atikovi reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
atikovi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2018, 04:22 PM   #12
Manospeed
New Member
Manospeed is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 6
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

I have the exact same problem on my 2007 Vue with 130,000 miles on it. The front end creaks and noise drive me crazy, but I don't want to start replacing everything until I've identified the root cause of the problem.

Plan on following this thread to gain more insight.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Manospeed's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Manospeed reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Manospeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 01:43 PM   #13
newbievueowner
Senior Member
newbievueowner will become famous soon enoughnewbievueowner will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,133

2006 VUE Red Line
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Sounds like swaybar links to me.... They can look/feel good and tight when pushing on them but there is still a bit of play in there that causes a noise/rattle when going over bumps (usually at slower speeds).

...
..................................................
Saturn Vue: The 250 HP tupperware

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to newbievueowner's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help newbievueowner reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
newbievueowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2018, 08:06 PM   #14
lord_varon
Advanced Member
lord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of lightlord_varon is a glorious beacon of light
 
lord_varon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 700
 

2008 VUE 3.6L
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

As I stated earlier, look at the under dash U-joint in the steering shaft column. I had a thunking in there on mine. Also, the brake pad retainer clips and pins. I finally got my old Vue silent in the front by checking all of these items.

John

...
aka
Lord_Varon
07 Vue V6 AWD LOADED!!! aka SUPER CRITTER!!! Sadly gone, and definitely missed.
08 Equinox Sport 3.6 6 spd auto, AWD, even more loaded. And the jury is still out on it.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to lord_varon's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help lord_varon reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
lord_varon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2018, 11:17 PM   #15
Ken L.
Member
Ken L. has a spectacular aura aboutKen L. has a spectacular aura about
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Simi Valley, CA
Posts: 61
 

2006 VUE Red Line
Default Re: Front end clunks or rattles.

Itís 100% the motor mounts. Check out this thread I started thread. Good luck.


http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=223750

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Ken L.'s Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Ken L. reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Ken L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front passenger clunks TombedOrchestra Vue Tech 3 08-13-2014 07:24 AM
Revisiting front end clunks ls3ftw Vue Tech 9 03-09-2011 05:23 PM
Front Suspension clunks hydromech S-Series Tech 2 10-31-2009 10:57 AM
2005 VUE: Front end clunks, what to ask for at shop? joshjani Vue Tech 7 10-17-2009 12:05 PM
More front end clunks... mschwope Ion Tech 7 10-25-2007 09:52 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:44 PM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.