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Old 09-17-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Anyone towing a 2007 Saturn Vue, and is it necessary to remove the ignition fuse before you tow it?
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Anyone towing a 2007 Saturn Vue, and is it necessary to remove the ignition fuse before you tow it?
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Old 09-17-2006, 05:59 PM   #3
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Yes. Put the key in and turn to accessory setting, put transmission in nuetral. Then remove the 30 amp fuse for the accessories in the fuse box under the hood. In mine it is the lime green fuse but check the schematic for the correct location. I reinsert the fuse and start the vue ( and run it through the gears for a few minutes) every evening if we are towing it more than 1 day without using it also.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:40 PM   #4
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I considered leaving the fuse in since we usually travel around 4-5 hours at a time, and the current draw probably wouldn't be too great. When I observed the radio and On Star systems were "On" in the ACC position, I begain wondering what was on that I didn't observe, I pull the fuse. A fellow camper gave me a wiring diagram that FMCA published showing a relocated 30A fuse and an inline "On/Off" toggel switch located inside the car, elminating the need to remove the fuse. Winter project.

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Old 09-27-2006, 11:29 AM   #5
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We have installed a 30 amp bypass switch. See "Saturn VUE AWD Towing Procedure" on this thread, dated August 10, 2006 for installation details.
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we just bought a 07 and will have the last thing done Monday, the brake. we pulled a dolley thr last two years and finally said enough is enough and bought a Vue. the service tech said to pull the fuse, the only green one, to prevent the miles from adding up. so far we have spent just over $600 on the two plate and wiring and with the brake from CW Monday, we will spend another $950. We have the Roadmaster tow bar, dont have to but it!

ours the the red one. and dont buy one without a discount off sticker like we did.

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Old 12-22-2006, 01:06 AM   #7
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1. We have a 2006 Saturn Vue; do these steps mentioned above also apply to the 2006 with automatic tranny?

2. On tow bar: the used RV we bought (holiday rambler vacationer, 2002, vortec 8.1, 36 foot), came with the blue ox tow bar (but not the part that is bolted to the Saturn front); can someone suggest a good braking system for the 2006 Saturn Vue. On installing the brake system, can I do it myself...I am reasonably handy (an old 50s hotrodder).

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Old 12-22-2006, 04:56 AM   #8
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You posted your question several places, so I'm not sure which is the best place to answer, but here goes.

Check your owners manual for full towing instructions for the 2006 Saturn Vue with 6 cylinder Honda engine/transaxle. You must run the transmission through the gears with the enging running then shift from DRIVE (never Reverse) to NEUTRAL and allow the engine to run 3 minutes. This must be repeated every 7 hours. Your manual will probably say to shift to Drive then to Neutral prior to allowing the engine to run 3 minutes. I believe running through the gears is part of a later service bulletin and may not be in the manual. Shut off the engine, leave the ignition switch in the ACC position and the transmission in neutral, and pull the 30 amp ignition fuse (I also installed a 30 amp bypass switch under the dash so I don't have to open the hood) and make sure the parking brake is off.

If you need a baseplate for your Blue Ox tow bar, check RVUpgrades (an excellent supplier and a sponsor of irv2.com). Also, since it is a used tow bar, check it for wear prior to use. Make sure the arms lock securely, release easily, and slide freely. Make sure the ends where the attachment pins go are not worn.

You will probably get many opinions on the brake system. There are 2 major types - those that are permanently installed in the toad and those that slip into place between the brake pedal and seat. Although I personally think those that are permanently installed are better, I chose to go with a model that slips into place, the Brake Pro by Roadmaster (this model has been replaced by the Even Brake). The reason I went with a slide in model is that I wasn't comfortable disrupting my toad's brake system to do the permanent installation. I also wanted the brake controller to be easily transferrable to another vehicle because I knew I would be replacing my original toad within a year.
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Thanks Paz...i posted several places because I kept finding threads on the subject.

Great instructions...I will try the accessories then to neutral when my wife comes back from shopping, hemi
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I reinsert the fuse and start the vue ( and run it through the gears for a few minutes) every evening if we are towing it more than 1 day without using it also. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Bill, you should do that procedure in the morning before you start out. The transmission fluid drains down in 7 to 8 hours whether the vehicle is moving or not. Your transmission is not properly lubed if it sets overnite before towing.

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