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Sounds like you know your stuff, hopefully you can help me

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Sounds like you know your stuff, hopefully you can help me figure this one out:
I'll try to make it brief.
06 Vue I4, AT, FWD
Loud clicking in sync with wheel revolution, mostly during low speed right hand turns, sometimes but rarely during really tight left turns. Sounds almost exactly like the noise a roller-coaster makes in a curve- a lot like cv joint. Sounds like it's coming from the center, either of the inner joints, or the trans itself, but not certain. Changed driver side axle, no change, swapped to other side (because the noise has always sounded like it's from a single source. No echo) still no change.
Possibly relevant info:
-Accidentally and abruptly shifted from D to R, then on to P while rolling about 5 or less mph. I did this the day I bought the car, and hadn't noticed the noise before doing so, but my failure to notice something right away surely isn't any evidence against its existence.
-Have had seldom trans slippage during a hard takeoff immediately after start up, which I had attributed to not having given the trans adequate time to build sufficient pressure to meet the abrupt demand being applied. And/or low/dirty atf. Haven't had a chance to check it since Saturn did not deign to include a damned dipstick.
Upon reading your post with another unfortunate saturn owner regarding his trans issues, I recognized the torque converter symptom you described of the trans seeming to shift in and out of OD. So far this has only happened for me on uphills, and I figured it too might be a fluid/filter issue.
- Doubt this is relevant, but the traction control used to come on a little too often, like it was over sensitive- but for the last few days, suddenly I can't seem to get it to activate if I try.
Sounds like a need a torque converter, which I'm not overjoyed about but I can handle it. I suppose. If I have to.
But what about the clicking? I doubt it's related to a torque converter, and I feel that I've reasonably ruled out cv axle. Is this a common issue with these transmissions? Is the source of the noise a part which would be included in a standard rebuild kit or is it something that needs to/can be purchased and installed on its own? (Assuming it's in the trans)
Also,
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome I'm Chris aka Moose

On the noise, I too agree the CV joints should be ruled out being they were swapped, so lets also rule out a wheel bearing going bad, by loading up each side with some safe but harsh swerving. If you can ever get a hum or moan as well as the click then do suspect a wheel bearing. If you can not get those noises then try the vehicle on a rack or stands so you can see if the noise can be identified from under the vehicle while driving and turning. The next thing to pay attention to is the differential where both axle shafts go into the trans.

For the converter, I recommend a fluid service with an additive called lubegard prior to swapping out the converter for those issues you noticed.

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Thanks Chris