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Old 11-01-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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Dizzy Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

My '04 Saturn Vue (5spd Manual) has a front end vibration/shutter problem at over 55mph on the highway. The struts, ball joints, tie rod ends and sway bar links were changed because one or another were worn out and tires rebalanced and rotated. But this vibration issue is driving me nuts. This issue has been reported previously on other sites, but no one has posted a fix. Has anyone had this problem and a fix????

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Old 11-01-2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

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My '04 Saturn Vue (5spd Manual) has a front end vibration/shutter problem at over 55mph on the highway. The struts, ball joints, tie rod ends and sway bar links were changed because one or another were worn out and tires rebalanced and rotated. But this vibration issue is driving me nuts. This issue has been reported previously on other sites, but no one has posted a fix. Has anyone had this problem and a fix????
Is it a major shake of steering wheel or just a tiny wiggle?

Can you feel the vibration in your feet, butt or back-rest?

Worn wheel-bearings / axles can cause a "buzz" type vibration in steering wheel.

Could it be a motor or transmission mount?

You can try to differentiate between chassis and power-train as culprits by keeping transmission in lower than normal gear as you accelerate to 55 and beyond. If vibration persists at 55, then its probably chassis, or rotating mass related.

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Old 11-01-2010, 08:39 PM   #3
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Possibly your wheels are defective (out of round)?

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #4
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Dizzy Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

It only happens over 55 mph and it is felt on the steering wheel. It's not a transmission problem or tires out of round. It seems more like a steering or rotating mass problem. All steering/suspension related parts have been changed except steering wheel column and shaft (which I think could be the problem) and rack & pinion. Other posts have indicated the same problem with no success on axle replacements, which I haven't done yet. Has anyone had similar problem or history with a positive fix?

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Old 11-02-2010, 02:31 PM   #5
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Default Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

This is almost certain to be wheel/tire-related, either a balance problem, bent wheel or defective tire. Something as simple as a thrown wheel weight could be your problem, or something as complex as tires damaged by high pressure resulting in belt separations. Depending on your tools/abilities you may be able to pinpoint the problem. First, set cold tire pressure according to the sticker on the car and see how that affects it. Another thing to try is to swap the fronts and rears. If the swap throws the problem to the rear wheels, you now know where to look. Sometimes you have to get new tires and/or wheels to get rid of it. If you take it in to have the balance checked (most shops guarantee their balancing), have them look at the wheels carefully when they're chucked up on the balancer to check for runout. You can't have much runout without getting wheel hop.

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Old 11-03-2010, 09:34 AM   #6
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Default Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

I've swapped tires around and replaced 2 with no success.

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Old 11-03-2010, 09:56 AM   #7
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Default Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

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I've swapped tires around and replaced 2 with no success.
2 questions:

1. what kind of tire is this?
2. did it start to happen gradually, or did it happen after an event; such as new tires, or possibly a big pothole?

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Old 11-26-2010, 04:50 PM   #8
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Default Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

I have the exact same issue. I have new tires just installed. No change. Had the rims inspected and spun.

I think it is a worn out CV boot. I to have replaced everything including front and rear lower control arms.

On my Vue the vibration goes away at 80-90km it is most pronounced at 70km.

It is funny because I thought it was wheel and tire related too.

I have 200k on my 2004 AWD V6. I purchased it new. The SUV is in awesome shape but the vibration is pissing me off.

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:10 AM   #9
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Happy Re: Front end vibration/shutter at over 55 mph.

Well, After several Component replacements, it turns out you can't trust new tires...... I personally had to view the tires spinning while being balanced and found a small, barely noticeable out of round and track condition which the tire guy told me he had not seen and later said it would not affect anything. WRONG. the tire was replaced and all the problems went away. Guys, THANKS for all your positive replies and suggestions.

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