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I have a 2003 Saturn Vue AWD. I have a lot of noise and vibration

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I have a 2003 Saturn Vue AWD. I have a lot of noise and vibration from the undercarriage. I looked at it to find that the driveshaft is loose, so loose I can move it with my hand. I noticed that in the center of the shaft there is a support that is broken. My question is does the intire shart have to be replaced or just that support part?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Super mechanic replied 4 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just answer.com, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.

 

Yes the center support bearing can be replaced , however there are some special tools involved to do it. There also has been a service bulletin on them for some vehicles.

 

 

Drivetrain - Vibrations Felt in Seatback or Armrest
Notes

File in Section: 04 - Driveline Axle

Bulletin No.: 04-04-17-002

Issue Date: August, 2004

Subject:
Vibration Felt in Seatback or Armrest at Vehicle Speeds Between 48 to 89 kmh
(30 to 55 mph) (Replace Propeller Shaft Center Support Bearing)

 

Models Affected:
2002-2004 Saturn VUE Vehicles
with All Wheel Drive (RPO GQ1) built prior to VIN Breakpoint 4S853184

 

Attention: Fixed Operations Manager and Technician

Condition:

Some customers may comment on a vibration that can be felt only in the seatback or armrest.

^In 2002-2003 model year vehicles, this condition may be most noticeable at vehicle speeds between 72 to 89 km/h (45 to 55 mph).

 

^In 2004 model year vehicles with the 2.2L four-cylinder engine (RPO L61), this condition may be most noticeable at vehicle speeds between 72 to 89 km/h (45 to 55 mph).

 

^In 2004 model year vehicles with the 3.5L V-6 engine (RPO L66), this condition may be noticeable at vehicle speeds between 48 to 56 km/h (30 to 35 mph).

 

Cause:

This condition may be caused by driveline pulsations from the all wheel drive system that is transmitted through the propeller shaft center support bearing and into the seat assembly.

Correction:

Verify the customer concern and, if necessary, replace the propeller shaft center support bearing. Refer to the service procedure in this bulletin.

Service Procedure:

1.Verify the customer comment by evaluating the vehicle at the affected speed.

 

2.Temporarily remove the propeller shaft (propshaft), by following the approved service procedure in the appropriate Service Manual.

 

^For 2002-2003 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Propeller Shaft - Removal" procedure in the 2002-2003 Saturn VUE Chassis Service Manual, Vol. I (SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

^For 2004 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Propeller Shaft Replacement" procedure in the Driveline/Axle section of the 2004 Saturn VUE Service Manual, Vol.1 (SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

3.Re-evaluate the vehicle with the propshaft removed.

 

^If some vibration is still present, inspect the chassis to determine the sources of the vibration and repair as needed.

 

-For 2002-2003 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Vibration Complaint Tire-Wheel-Hub Related" procedures in the 2002-2003 Saturn VUE Chassis Service Manual (SI Document ID # XXXXX and(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

-For 2004 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Vibration Analysis - Tire and Wheel" and "Vibration Analysis - Hub and/or Axle Input" procedures in the General Information section of the 2004 Saturn VUE Service Manual, Vol.1 (SI Document ID # XXXXX and(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

^If the vibration is completely eliminated when the propshaft has been removed from the vehicle, replace the center support bearing by following the approved service procedure in the appropriate Service Manual.

 

-For 2002-2003 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Center Bearing Removal and Installation" procedures in the 2002-2003 Saturn VUE Chassis Service Manual, Vol. I (SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNNand(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

-For 2004 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Center Bearing Removal and Installation" procedures in the Driveline/Axle section of the 2004 Saturn VUE Service Manual, Vol.1(SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNNand(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

4.Reinstall the propshaft by following the approved service procedure in the appropriate Service Manual.

 

^For 2002-2003 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Propeller Shaft - Installation" procedure in the 2002-2003 Saturn VUE Chassis Service Manual, Vol. 1 (SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

^For 2004 Saturn VUE vehicles, refer to "Propeller Shaft Replacement" procedure in the Driveline/Axle section of the 2004 Saturn VUE Service Manual, Vol.1 (SI Document ID #(NNN) NNN-NNNN.

 

5.Verify that the vibration has been eliminated.

 

 

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Center Bearing
Notes

CENTER BEARING

^TOOLS REQUIRED
  • J22912-A Bearing Puller
  • J44870 Yoke Installer
  • J45270 Universal Joint Remover/Installer

REMOVAL

NOTICE: Never clamp propeller shaft tubing in a vise. Clamping propeller shaft tubing in a vise could dent or deform the tube, causing an imbalance or unsafe condition. Always clamp on one end of the yokes and support the shaft horizontally.

IMPORTANT: Prior to disassembly, mark the positions of the driveshaft components relative to the driveshaft tube. All components must be reassembled in the same relationship to maintain proper balance.

 

 

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  1. Remove the snap rings.
    • Pinch the ends of the snap ring together with a pair of pliers.
    • If snap ring does not readily snap out of groove in yoke, tap end of bearing cup lightly in order to relieve pressure from ring.

 

 

 

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  • Remove universal joint caps using Universal Joint Remover/Installer J45270.
  • Remove front shaft half.
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  • Remove the lock ring (1) from the groove.
  • Discard lock ring.
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    1. Place Bearing Puller J22912-A on the splined yoke, as illustrated.
    2. Using a press, remove the yoke.

     

     

     

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  • Place the Bearing Puller J22912-01 behind the support bearing.
  • Place the shaft in a press, support the Bearing Puller J2291201 and press off the support bearing.
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