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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-04-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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Re: humming noise in steering column


I bought my Outlook in Feb '07. The noise in the steering started in the early summer. I've taken it in a couple of times and nothing has been done. My husband took it in again today and the service rep said nothing could be done because according to Saturn, the problem isn't the power steering pump! Uggh!!! I finally called Saturn's 800 customer service number and the rep called the dealership who denied not wanting to keep my truck there. They did admit to not knowing what the problem is but they also said I'm going to have to wait until they figure it out. I didn't go out and finance a brand new vehicle only be be driving around with noises like if I was driving something used and old!
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post #12 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-05-2008, 09:22 AM
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I bought my Outlook in Feb '07. The noise in the steering started in the early summer. I've taken it in a couple of times and nothing has been done. My husband took it in again today and the service rep said nothing could be done because according to Saturn, the problem isn't the power steering pump! Uggh!!! I finally called Saturn's 800 customer service number and the rep called the dealership who denied not wanting to keep my truck there. They did admit to not knowing what the problem is but they also said I'm going to have to wait until they figure it out. I didn't go out and finance a brand new vehicle only be be driving around with noises like if I was driving something used and old!
How many miles did you have on it in early summer when you first noticed the noise?




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post #13 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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I just had my 08 XR Outlook towed in, power steering fluid all leaked out in my driveway, seems fluid cooler in front of radiator let go at 1500 miles and dumped. Service said Saturn notified them that there is a problem with the supplier of the coolers and there are no parts. They are acquiring a new supplier and would notify me when parts are available. In the mean time I am driving a 08 Buick Lucerne rental waiting.
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post #14 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 11:52 AM
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Mine has developed this noise too over the past several monts. Noise gets lauder the more you drive the car. Most prominent at ~1500RPM. Sounds like the power steering pump. It is in the shop right now to have that checked. Hopefully it will be fixed properly...
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post #15 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 10:08 AM
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It IS the power steering pump. I just had my 2007 pump replaced before it went out of warranty. My Saturn tech said the engineer on the Saturn suport line admitted the pumps weree undersized for the car.

Do you feel less than smooth steering as well? Thta also os a sign the pump is bad. Mine did that.

Also, it can be the intermediate shaft in the steering column. A local Buick dealer said they have replaced "a train car load" of them on Enclaves.
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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-20-2009, 05:49 PM
 
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I have the same problem on my Outlook. The Saturn dealership did not want to change the pump-they just kept adding fluid. They finally said they were going to change the pump but never ordered it- just kept making excuses. Now they are out of business and I go to the GMC dealership and they say its the steering gear leaking and its on a national backorder.
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post #17 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 11:32 PM
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I was just told today that they were going to have to replace my steering column today for the 2nd time in under one year. I have a 2008 Outlook. It does exactly what everyone has been saying...car heats up noise gets louder, humming and a clicking as well. Although I have enjoyed my vehicle since purchase, I am ready to trade for something else as of today. They covered it, but explained that is was outside of my 36,000 warranty.
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I was just told today that they were going to have to replace my steering column today for the 2nd time in under one year. I have a 2008 Outlook. It does exactly what everyone has been saying...car heats up noise gets louder, humming and a clicking as well. Although I have enjoyed my vehicle since purchase, I am ready to trade for something else as of today. They covered it, but explained that is was outside of my 36,000 warranty.
dh_2010, That's good news that they covered it for you. Did you take it to your Saturn dealer or are they closed and you had to take it to a different GM dealer? What are you thinking for a trade? Has your OUTLOOK been good other than the steering column?




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I bought my Outlook in Feb '07. The noise in the steering started in the early summer. I've taken it in a couple of times and nothing has been done. My husband took it in again today and the service rep said nothing could be done because according to Saturn, the problem isn't the power steering pump! Uggh!!! I finally called Saturn's 800 customer service number and the rep called the dealership who denied not wanting to keep my truck there. They did admit to not knowing what the problem is but they also said I'm going to have to wait until they figure it out. I didn't go out and finance a brand new vehicle only be be driving around with noises like if I was driving something used and old!
that's simply not true. it is the power steering pump. I had mine replaced at about 11,000 miles. I'm now at 49,000. Problem hasn't returned.
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post #20 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 02:11 PM
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Re: humming noise in steering column

Mine had this problem last summer. Had it in just before the 36K warranty expires. Humming noise was gone, now I think sometimes it does popping noise, but not always. I have extended warranty purchased, so hopefully if this develops into something worse, they will take care of it. I am not sure how they fixed it last fall, I mean not sure if I got new PS pump or they did something else.
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