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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2009 Saturn Vue

Today on this 2009 Saturn View we'll be installing a Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part number C56026. We'll glue the fastener at the bottom of the inner cargo pocket. Using a flat blade screwdriver go ahead and twist out the plastic cap nut. Once we have all of the fasteners out of the corner panel we'll then go ahead and remove the corner pocket. The corner pocket has a push pin fastener in the bottom, so we'll get underneath it and gently pull it up until it releases. To remove the corner pocket I'm just using a plastic pry tool.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Saturn Vue - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2006 Saturn Vue we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90145. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to help you select some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver tube to the ground is approximately 13 1/2 inches. Now let's go ahead and install out hitch. To begin with lets go ahead and point out the locations that we use to mount our hitch to the vehicle. As you will see there are two weld nuts on each side, both the passenger and the driver side, as well as two holes at the center of the rear bumper bracing.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Saturn Vue - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2006 Saturn Vue we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch part number 36408. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to help you select some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin whole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver tube to the ground is approximately 13 1/2 inches. Now let's go ahead and install out hitch. To begin with lets go ahead and point out the locations that we use to mount our hitch to the vehicle. As you will see there are two weld nuts on each side, both the passenger and the driver side, as well as two holes at the center of the rear bumper bracing.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Saturn Vue - Curt

Today on our 2006 Saturn Vue, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number C12291. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories, such as a ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 3" and from the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 13 1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, let's go ahead and point out the locations that we'll use to mount our hitch to the vehicle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Saturn Vue - Curt

Today on our 2006 Saturn Vue we'll be installing the Curt Hitch part number 13591. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 3 1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 13 1/2 inches. To begin with let's go ahead and point out the locations that we use to mount our hitch to the vehicle. As you will see there are two weld nuts on each side, both the passenger and the driver side, as well as two holes at the center of the rear bumper bracing. These two holes will have to have a carriage bolt and a spacer block fish-wired into them.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue - Curt

Today on our 2008Saturn VUE, we'll be installing the CURT hitch, Part Number13594. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on a vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4inches, and from the top of the opening of the hitch to the ground is approximately 15inches.Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. To begin with, we will need to remove four exhaust hangers and lower the exhaust line out of the way. Before you remove any of the exhaust hangers, you want to make sure that you install a safety strap to help support the exhaust once the hangers have been removed.



TowReady Taillight Converter Hardwire Kit Installation - 2007 Saturn Vue

Today in this 2007 Saturn Vue we're going to install part number 119178KIT. This will actually be easy install. This will use a tow package that's already existing in the vehicle. We need to open up the back hatch and get access to jack storage compartment. We'll open up the door, and we'll go ahead and remove the jack tools. Towards the bottom of the pocket you'll see some loops of wires. We'll go ahead and free those wires up to get better access to them. These wires are in a continuous loop so it's just as well just to leave them like they are, just work out the electric tape to make sure you've better access to them that you can work with. At this point we can go ahead and start taking our converter and attaching it to the tow pack. This will almost be color for color wiring. We'll take our green wire from our converter box and match the green wire on the tow package on the car. We'll do the same thing with the yellow wire and also the brown wire. To make our connections we'll be using the quick splice connectors. Put our quick splice connector on the wire, then slide a new wire next to it and the slowly press down on the metal part in the middle with a pair of pliers to make our connection.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box, measuring 22 cubic feet, in metallic silver, part number TH636S. With the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Sonic directly onto our load bars. Since the feet are hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as necessary to make them fit around our load bars while placing it onto our roof rack. To get this box to fit, we did have to remove the rear antenna. We'll open the passenger side of the box and tighten the hand knobs on this side to tighten our feet around our bars. When tightening the hand knobs, you'll know that they're tight enough when they start making a clicking or ratcheting sound.



Thule Pulse Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue, we'll be test fitting the Thule Pulse Medium rooftop cargo box, measuring 14 cubic feet, in matte black, part number TH614. With the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system installed onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Thule Pulse directly onto our load bars. Please keep in mind that this box does only open from one side of the vehicle, so for our video today, we're going to scoot it as close to the passenger side as we can so that it's easier to load and unload our gear. Once we have the box situated, we can open the box and fit our feet through the appropriate slots, making sure that our clamps go around the load bars. Once those are in place, we can use the attached hand knobs to tighten them down. Once all four clamps are tight, our box is secured, and we're ready to go.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue, we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts Tierod stretch roof-mounted bike carrier, part number RKY1011. With the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack system already assembled to our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Tierod directly onto our load bars. Here at the front, we'll remove the black plastic cover and bring our rubber-coated steel straps around our front load bar. Once we have those in place, we can use an Allen tool to tighten the Allen bolt, which will tighten our straps around our bar. With our straps tight, we can reinstall our black plastic cover. We'll move to the rear and bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, drop the bolt through, and tighten with an Allen tool.



Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Sonic Medium Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 13 cubic feet in glossy black, part number th634b. With a Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack system installed onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the Thule Sonic directly onto our load bars. Since the feet are already hanging out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as needed to fit around our load bars. Well open the passenger side of the box and tighten the two hand knobs on this side to tighten our feet around our bars. One of the great features of this box is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle. Well move to the drivers side, open the box, and tighten the hand knob to tighten the two remaining feet around our bars.



Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Alpine Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 11 cubic feet in matte black, part number th613. With a Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack System installed onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the Thule Pulse directly onto our load bars. Since the box only opens from one side, we want to be sure to scoot the box as close to the passenger side as possible for easier loading and unloading. For this test fit today we removed the rear antenna because it was making contact with our cargo box. Once we have the box situated the way we like, we can then open the box, fit the feet through the appropriate slots making sure they go around our load bars, and then use the attached hand knob to tighten them down. Once weve done that to all four clamps, we can close our box and were ready to go.



Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Pulse Large Rooftop Cargo Box 16 cubic feet in matte black, part number th615. For our video today, we removed the rear antenna because it made contact with the rear part of our box. With a Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack System onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the Pulse directly onto our load bars. Since the box only opens from one side, we need to set it as close to the passenger side as possible for easier loading and unloading. We can open the box and fit our feet through the appropriate slots making sure they go around our load bars. Well use the hand knobs to tighten down our clamps.



Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box measuring 21 cubic feet in aeroskin black, part number th626. With a Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack System installed onto our Vue, well begin our test fit by placing the Thule Force directly onto our load bars. Since the feet hang out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as needed to fit around our load bars while placing it onto our roof rack. In order to get the box to fit, we did have to remove the rear antenna. Well open the passenger side of the box and tighten the two hand knobs on this side to tighten our feet around our load bars. One of the great features of the Thule Force is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle.



Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Force Large Rooftop Cargo Box, 13 cubic feet in aeroskin black, part number th624. With a Thule Aeroblade Edge Roof Rack System installed onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our Force directly onto our load bars. Since the feet hang out of the bottom of the box, we can adjust them as needed so that while placing it onto our roof rack the feet fit around our load bars. Well open the passenger side of the box and tighten the hand knob to tighten the feet on this side of the box. One of the great features of the Thule Force is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle. Well move to the drivers side, open the box, and tighten down the two remaining clamps by tightening the hand knobs.



Thule Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Square Load Bar System using part numbers thlb50 for the square load bars 50 inches, and part number th450 for the Thule Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing Foot Pack. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, well begin our test fit by placing our front bar onto the front part of our roof. Well set the feet onto the side rails. We can go ahead and make sure that the arrow indicators on our foot packs are at the center of our side rails. Next well check for even bar overhang on each side of our vehicle. Well bring the rubber-coated straps around the underside of our side rail fitting it back into our foot pack.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Load Bar System using part numbers tharb53 for the 53 inch aluminum load bars, and part number th450r for the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing Foot Pack. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, well begin our test fit by placing our front bar onto the front part of our roof. Well go ahead and fit the foot packs onto the side rails. Well find a fixed point on the side rails to set our foot packs at. Well do this for both sides to insure that our foot packs are straight across from each other. Well make sure that we have even bar overhang on each side of our vehicle.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Load Bar System using part numbers tharb47 for the 47-inch aluminum Aeroblade bars, and th450r for the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing Foot Pack. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, we can begin our test fit by placing the front load bar onto the front part of our roof. To make sure that our feet our straight across from each other, well find a fixed point on the side rails and use that for our foot location. Now we can bring the rubber-coated strap around the underside of our side rail fitting it back into the foot pack. Once the strap is tight we can move to the other side and repeat this process. Now well grab our rear bar and place it onto the rear part of our roof.



Thule Big Mouth Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue well be test fitting the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number th599xtr. To begin our test fit well place the Big Mouth directly onto our load bars. Here at the front well bring the clamps around our load bar, drop the bolts through the other side and tighten down the top with the wing nut. Well do this for both clamps at the front of our carrier. Now well move to the rear, remove the wing nuts, fit the bolts around our rear bar, slide the bracket onto the bolts so its sitting on the underside of the load bar, and tighten with two wing nuts. Once our bike rack is secured to our vehicle we can go ahead and undo the wheel straps.



Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn Vue, we'll be test fitting the Thule AeroBlade Edge roof rack for raised factory side rails, part number TH7502-TH7502. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front bar onto the front part of our roof. We'll fit it up against our side rails and then remove the covers. Now we'll go ahead and install our straps. You'll notice that on one end of the strap are four slots numbered 1 through 4. This is to accommodate the different sized side rails.





Saturn Vue Questions

  • You will want to order the Roadmaster Quick Disconnect Tow Bar Base Assembly, part # 910021-00. This is the complete crossbar and quick disconnects needed to attach the tow bar to the vehicle. I am including a link to a video review on the Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar. This is the current Falcon tow bar that has replaced the Falcon 5250. It will show how the quick disconnects work on the tow bar. The Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 3121-1, will fit a 2004 to 2007 Saturn...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she informed me of a couple possible solutions for you. But we before you attempt anything you should verify that the lock core of your rack has the same number etched into it as the number etched into the key. Once you have verified that the key number and lock core number are the same she recommended you try spraying a lubricant like WD40 into the key slot. You will want to have a straw on the lubricant, and you will want to pull back...
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  • In order to select appropriate replacement hub assemblies you'll just need to match the part numbers or the characteristics of your hubs. You will need to match up your bearing and seal numbers from the original parts if possible, as well as the axle's weight rating (which should be indicted on the axle itself) and the wheel bolt pattern. The linked article shows you how to determine your bolt pattern. The Demco website shows several models of their Kar Kaddy tow dolly but...
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  • If your 2005 Satrun Vue is front wheel drive with a 4T45E transmission, then you will be able to flat tow it using a tow bar. If it has a VT25-E or MDRA transmission, you will need a car trailer to tow the vehicle. To determine which transmission you have, you can have a local dealership run the VIN number. If you determine that you can flat tow the vehicle, you will first need base plates. For a 4-cylinder engine model, use XL Base Plates, # 3111-1. For a 6-cylinder that is...
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  • I would recommend a Class III 2 inch hitch receiver like the Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75556 for your 2008 Saturn Vue XE AWD, instead of the Hidden Hitch Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 90167, that you have referenced. The 2 inch size hitch receiver will allow you more options for towing and better choice of hitch accessories compared to the smaller 1-1/4 inch size hitch. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite Hitch. For towing...
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  • In order to use the SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box - Roof Mount - 18 Cubic Feet, # SR7018, or any cargo box or cargo bag, you will need to at least have cross bars that run side to side on your Saturn Vue. If you can provide me with the year Saturn Vue you have, I will be able to find a roof rack that will allow you to use a cargo box.
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  • I can guide you through the steps for replacing the torn boot on your Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar, part # BX4325. To begin, you will need to cut off the old boots on the tow bar and clean the legs using a cleaner like carburetor cleaner. Then you will need to remove the triple lug at the end of the arm that is held on by one bolt. You will want to then spray some silicone spray inside the boot and slide or stretch the boot over the leg pivot. To slide the boot on, you will slide...
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  • For a roof rack designed to fit your 2006 Saturn Vue with a naked roof you would want the INNO rack that consists of part numbers # INB127, # INSU-K5, and # INK536. Then for a cargo box the Inno Matte Black Cargo Box # INBRA714RBK would fit and work well.
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  • First, you need to make sure your 2009 Saturn Vue has a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver that is rated for weight distribution like # 75556. When choosing a weight distribution system you will need to go by the tongue weight of the trailer when loaded and ready to tow and then add the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. But, do not exceed the tongue weight rating when used with weight distribution for the hitch. A system rated...
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  • Although the Derale # D13611 transmission cooler would work well with your Saturn Vue, we typically recommend using the largest cooler that will fit behind the grille of your vehicle. The ideal mounting location is directly behind the grill, in front of the radiator and A/C condenser. Because a transmission cooler allows airflow through it, there is not a worry that it will block or hinder the operation of the radiator or condenser behind it. A larger cooler like part # D13502,...
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  • The connection you will need to use is most likely the chassis connection in the case of the brake controller. You will want the connection that is hot at all times ran to the brake controller so that the trailer brakes can be operated at any time whether the ignition is on or not. The brake controller should be wired through at least a 20 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54520, and a 30 amp circuit breaker, item # PK54530, if the trailer has more than 4 brakes or the brake controller...
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  • Check your vehicle owner manual. Some of them list a transmission cooler as a requirement, others as a suggestion. We always recommend one on smaller vehicles for towing or on large trucks that are pulling very heavy loads. If you are in the St. Louis, MO area, we do installations in house at our Wentzville headquarters. For your vehicle, something like the Derale 8000 Series Class III cooler, part # D13502, should be enough to keep the transmission temperature at an appropriate...
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  • I do have a base plate kit that is listed as a fit for a 2012 Chevy Captiva but Blue Ox does not list a fit. You can use Roadmaster base plates # 3151-1A. I have included a link to a video that shows a typical installation. It is on a 2008 Saturn Vue but it will be similar on the Captiva fleet vehicles. Make sure to consult the Captiva owners manual for the proper towing procedure. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar. The most popular compatible...
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  • You would want the Roadmaster Second Vehicle Kit for the BrakeMaster part # RM-98100 which comes with everything on the vehicle side setup. The correct seat bracket for your 2003 Saturn Vue with manual seats would be the part # RM-88241.
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  • There are a couple different reasons why trunk mounted bike racks are not recommended for your 2008 Saturn Vue. Most second generation Saturn Vues (2008 to 2010) have a small plastic trim piece or a plastic spoiler at the top of the rear hatch. The upper straps of trunk mounted bike racks attach to the top edge of the rear hatch and this plastic trim piece or spoiler is not designed to support the weight of the bike rack and bikes. The plastic could deform or break from the pressure....
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  • The Roadmaster Fuse Bypass Switch you referenced, part # RM76510, is intended for 2008 - 2010 model years of the Saturn Vue as you noted, but we do also offer a switch suitable for your 2006 model year. The part number for that item is # RM76511. This kit is intended for use in 2003 and later model years. I have included a link to a video showing installation of this item in a different vehicle. I was able to find online a photo of the owners manual showing a diagram of the...
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  • I spoke with my contact at SMI and there is not difference between the blue coiled cord # SM99666 and the black cord that was included with part 99202 AFO108 which was replaced by the # SM99243, accept of course color. Both the coiled air hoses, also called a jumpers, connect your towed car to your RV by connecting the operating unit to the coach air assembly. When you are ready to hitch up your car and tow it, simply hook up the coiled air hose at the same time as you hook...
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  • We do not carry the # BX3328 so between the two I would recommend you get the # BX335. This base plate is confirmed to fit the 06-07 model Saturn Vues (including Hybrid, Greenline Hybrid, but excluding VTI). For tow bars you are going to want to get a Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar # BX4330. This is the recommended tow bar in the installation instructions for the # BX3335. For taillight wiring you will want Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit # BX8869 if you are looking for a permanent...
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  • First, be sure to consult your vehicle owners manual for specific information on towing with your vehicle. There are a few components needed to tow a trailer staring with the trailer hitch. First, there are Class II and Class III hitches available for your 2006 Saturn Vue. I recommend a Class III trailer hitch, # 13591, because it has a higher capacity and the 2 inch receiver is compatible with more accessories. Basically, with a Class III hitch you have more options. Next...
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  • In my research, several sources cite a 3500 lb towing capacity for the 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid. As long as you do not exceed this figure, I would feel comfortable towing with the vehicle. You do not mention which hitch you were interested in. I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver, part # 87445. The hitch itself is rated for 4000 lbs, but you will still be limited by the 3500 lb vehicle rating. If you choose the class III hitch over the class II, you will have a...
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