20 Most Recent 2003 Saturn VUE - Page 6 Questions & Answers


Is this the 4 cylinder or the 6 cylinder model? The 4 cylinder has a notoriously troublesome Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). These mischievous little skamps like to cause mischief at just the wrong times, such as when you are on your way to work on Monday morning, or when you are in the path of a train.

Since you have no engagement into forward or reverse the drive belt has likely failed you. Replace the case half and filter, and all of your dreams will be realized.... probably..

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Mar 02, 2015


I have to say head gaskets on a 3.0L VUE is very uncommon. Perhaps you could have the shop who is working on it explain it better and you could follow up because I have seen exactly 1 VUE 3.0L head gasket leak.

Labor to do the water pump and timing belt should be around 4 hours. Maybe a little more if the water pump leaked and made a mess they need to clean up.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Mar 02, 2015


If the engine is turning over and not starting there are many possibilities. If the engine will not crank over at all, then suspect a bad battery, bad battery positive or negative cables/connections, or a bad starter.


If the engine turns over but will not start the most common issues on this engine would be a failed ignition module, or coils, a bad fuel pump, or the engine timing has jumped. The fuel is simple to test if you have a fuel pressure gauge. If you don't you may need professional assistance at that point.


The ignition can be tested by removing the coil housing assembly from the top of the engine and using an old spark plug to check to see if you have spark. The side electrode must be grounded to the engine (this is critical). If there is no spark try all 4. If none of them spark you have a failed coil/ignition module, failed crankshaft position sensor or poor power or ground to the coil.


If you have fuel pressure and you have spark its time to bite the bullet and pull the spark plugs out of the engine to measure compression and leakdown. Compression typically ranges from 140 to 175 PSI on this engine. Measure all 4 cylinders, if all 4 are low, the engine has jumped time and the valves are likely damaged

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Mar 02, 2015


Could be the fuel pump relay.You will need to find its location and see if it is working.With someone turning the ignition switch from off to run (dash lights lit up) and someone placing there hand on the relay to feel for a click. If this doesn't help post back.For further assistance.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Feb 23, 2015


as well it could be if the filter is plugged or the pump isn't working . check for fuel at the fuel rail if it's good check pressure does the car have spark . perhaps the security system got set off

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Feb 23, 2015


Check the spark plug gap no more than 25th ,if that doesnt work then check compression ,if all else fails clear the garage out and keep the car in it.What sort of temperatures are we talking about here as if too low then fit a block heater as well like swedish cars.Yes i was taught about russian way on the tanks and planes by my mentors 40 yrs ago ,like putting petrol into the sump with the oil ,using hot stones under the engine of the tanks and the one i like best ?? the vodka but dont ask how they used it -well they were only war stories

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Feb 22, 2015


The P0304 indicates the #4 cylinder is misfiring. The flashing light means the cylinder is not firing at all...It could be several things causeing it, coil, wires, plug, injector or vacuum leak. Do not drive your vehicle until you have this repaired, as it will lead to further more costly problems. Good luck, i hope this helps.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Jan 27, 2015


Does the car loose power before stalling or does it simply die without warning? If it loses power first, you're likely looking at a fuel pump or fuel system problem. If it just dies, you probably have an ignition problem. Does the check engine light come on before it dies?

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Jan 10, 2015


Sounds like you mite need an ignition switch. But just to be sure you should have the modules scanned for codes , especially the body control module ! Are any warning lights staying on ,check ENG , A symbol of a wrench lit up or a picture of a lock symbol ? This car has a few electronic control modules and there all talk back an forth on a serial data bus . This car has two !
Class 2 Data Line
Saturn utilizes the class 2 communications system for most vehicle system controllers that must exchange data and commands. Class 2 data is pulse width modulated. The pulse width modulation of class 2 data allows better utilization of the data line.
The messages carried on class 2 data streams are also prioritized. This means if 2 devices try to communicate on the data line at the same time, only the higher priority message will continue. The device with the lower priority message must wait. The modules on the class 2 data line are:
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Body Control Module (BCM)


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Power Steering Control Module (PSCM)


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Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC)


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Inflatable Restraint Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM)


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Vehicle Communication Interface Module (VCIM), if equipped Controller Area Network (CAN)
The controller area network (CAN) serial data line is a high speed serial data bus used to communicate traction information between the electronic brake control module (EBCM), the engine control module (ECM), the body control module (BCM), and the transaxle control module (TCM). Typical data-transmission speeds must be high enough to ensure that the required real-time response is maintained.
The addressing scheme employed with CAN assigns a label to every message, with each message receiving a unique identifier. The identifier classifies the content of the message, such as engine speed.
Each module processes only those messages whose identifiers are stored in the module's acceptance list. This is CAN's form of message filtering.
The identifier labels both the data content and the priority of the message being sent. Each module can begin transmitting its most important data as soon as the bus is unoccupied. When more than one module starts to transmit simultaneously, the message with the highest priority is assigned first access. A module responds to failure to gain access by automatically switching to receive mode. The module then repeats the transmission attempt as soon as the bus is free again.
You need to have a professional scan tool to check for codes in the modules other than the engine ecm module. I have seen a bad instrument cluster short the bus and cause the vehicle shut down . hope this helps ! First place to start is checking for codes in all the modules. If there is a problem with one of them ,it usually sets a code in one of the other modules !

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Jan 08, 2015


the quickest way is to pull hard on the belt it shouldpull out might be tough but should work otherwise the cover will have to click off usually theres not a bolt holding it but really try to get it pulled back through hope this works for you

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Jan 06, 2015


You won't know why the engine light is on unless you get the OBDII port hooked to a scanner to get the code or codes that have been cited by the ECM (Engine Control Module). You should do this first, especially since you notice a problem with the trans-a malfunctioning trans is very expensive to repair and can be fatal in very short order. you can get it scanned for free at numerous retail auto parts operations like Advance Auto, Auto Zone, Aamco transmissions (be aware they will try to sell you something-be prepared to say thanks and investigate the actual codes, so write them down).

The hood will take getting underneath the front of the car and figuring out a way to pull the cable to the latch-some disassembly may be necessary to put yourself in a position to do this, some are easy to do and some are quite difficult. A good body shop should be able to do this for you without it costing a lot of money.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Dec 22, 2014


As the same with a trunk lock a foriegn object can can get in between the lock and latch. Lucky for you and even better if the back seats folds down you have an easier access. Now crawl into the rear taking with you a 2 screw drivers,pliers and needle nose pliers. look for something stuck in between the door and the jam if so try to pull it out. If you don't see anything try this, get one person to put key in door and another to push the electric lock while you push on door. If that doesn't work you'll have to rake the door panel apart be carefull not to break the plastic after 11 years it does become fragile. once inside the door try to release it manually the cable may have broken

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Dec 15, 2014


Possible that the ECT (engine coolant temperature sensor) is faulty, or the wiring to it has been compromised. Try looking the wiring over. If nothing jumps out at you, replace the sensor. Keep in mind, it's the season for critters to seek warmth from engine heat.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Dec 10, 2014


So does the Trip odometer work? Does the odometer work? If you answer is "sort of", does the odometer return to the same mileage every time your 2003 Saturn VUE sits overnight? The VUE has an all electronic odometer sensor that is in the transmission, so you may need to replace that. I also agree with JDCamped that those wires may need replaced, but the mice? I would think burned/shorted in a wiring harnes is far more common and you should see a "Check Engine" light. The cluster just shows the data from the sensors, if they are blank, then that is the cluster.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Dec 08, 2014


Engine needs to crank over strong and steady to have a chance of starting. Youi said it has a poor crank. Battery may be low or bad. If you get the engine to crank over corrrectly and it srill does not start check fuel pressure, spark and injector pulse.

2003 Saturn VUE | Answered on Dec 01, 2014

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