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Old 04-28-2003, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default VTI vibration when parked on incline

Some of the Vues with VTI transmissions when parked on a slight hill have a vibration. There are new (3rd design) trans mounts to fix this condition.
The bulletin # is 03-07-29-003
The subject line of the bulletin is:
Vibration when parked on an incline( replace front and rear trans mounts)
The bulletin is for '02and'03 Vues built before and including VIN breakpoint 3s851169. After that vin the new mounts are already installed.

The fix is to replace the front and rear trans mounts with the new -latest and greatest- design mounts. The part numbers are
Front trans mount- 22716726
Rear trans mount- 22716366

Be patient with your retailer, this bulletin came out last week

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Old 04-29-2003, 12:37 PM   #2
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Is this with the engine running? My first reaction was why would a parked car have a vibration, and who would be in it to notice?

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Old 04-29-2003, 05:12 PM   #3
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That TSB number look alot like the one for the manual tranny shudder. Sure that it's for the VTi?

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Old 04-29-2003, 07:41 PM   #4
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Actually I lied. I just wanted to see if you would go and bother the retailer.
Seriously. Yes, that is the bulletin number
In answer to GAf3's question. Yes it is with the engine running. Turned out on some VTI Vues when the driver put the vehicle in park and let his foot off the brake pedal, before turning off the enginethe wheels would cause the powertrain assy to lean into the mounts if parked on a hill. With a load on the mounts the vehicle would have an excessive vibration

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Old 04-29-2003, 09:34 PM   #5
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Old 04-29-2003, 09:51 PM   #6
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I've felt it on new ones before at work... very noticable when on a hill.
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Old 04-30-2003, 07:29 AM   #7
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Happens on mine all the time. Thanks for the info. I already talked to the dealer and am bringing it in next week.

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Old 05-01-2003, 01:02 AM   #8
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I get this a lot as well - infact, I just found out that I don't have to have it in park for it to do it. The same thing happened to me the other day when I found myself at a stop sign at the bottom of a hill . . . it was the same vibration as if I was parking on even a slight incline.

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Old 05-01-2003, 08:16 AM   #9
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Only bad people let go of the brake before yanking the hand brake up!
Yeah I've learned the habit of applying the parking brake before taking my foot of the regular brakes. Helps to ease the strain on the parking pawl.

And don't forget: when parking uphill turn your wheels away from the curb; when parking downhill turn them towards the curb!

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Old 05-01-2003, 03:18 PM   #10
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That's interesting. Actually on hill driving with VTi, will it hold the gear ratio or hold the engine peak torque rpm for optimal climbing speed?

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Old 05-01-2003, 03:59 PM   #11
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I have developed some problems with hills recently - I mentioned it somewhere else but I can't remember where.

On my way home from work I have to stop and turn on to a road that starts off inclined. I can't maintain rpms - acceleration is not fluid - and it shudders a lot like the infamous 65mph virbration. It only happens after I have been driving for atleast 30 min. And the speed limit on that road is like 25 mph, so it's not like I am really pushing it or anything. I guess what worries me the most is that it didn't use to do it.

I'm due for a check up in a week or so anyway. I'll pester them about it then.

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Old 05-01-2003, 07:53 PM   #12
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I just noticed the same problem for the first time today. I was driving on some moderate hills in stop-and-go rush hour traffic. When I had to start slowly up a hill, instead of nice smooth acceleration I got shuddering and grinding noises instead. The VUE was bucking like a manual tranny in too high a gear. I wonder if this has anything to do with the latest VTi software update. The shuddering at 62 mph is gone, but the engine seems to be operating at lower rpm's than before. The rpm drops to ~1500 at steady speeds around 30 mph. I thought it was my imagination. Maybe not.

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Old 05-02-2003, 12:07 PM   #13
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I haven't had the update yet.
But it does sound the same.

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Old 05-05-2003, 02:27 PM   #14
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I just had the new trans mounts installed today. My dealer had the parts and new of the bulliten when I showed them this post.

What's funny is that they still do not have the TCM software update, but they had the parts for this fix.

Anyway, I suggest getting these new mounts installed. It may be my imagination but I think they do more than fix the incline hill shuddering problem. My ride seems more stable all around.

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