Seems to be a lot of transmission failures among the line of the Saturn Vue. This how-to was based on a 2002-2007 Saturn Vue with the 2.2L engine and AWD DEX  CVT (continuously variable transmission) transmission.

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Start by removing the front wheels.

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Remove the battery and battery cradle.

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Here is the battery box removed:

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Remove the support bracket under the battery support box.

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Unplug the 2 electrical connectors on the transmission.

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Disconnect the shift linkage.

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Tie up the radiator and ac condenser to hold them up and in place.

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Support the driver side of the engine with a shop crane aka cherry picker.

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Unbolt the sway bar and steering rack and pinion on both sides.

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Remove the front axles and disconnect the rear driveshaft.. A detailed write up of removing the front axles can be found here: http://diysrc.com/remove-and-replace-front-cv-axles-saturn-vue-awd/

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Disconnect and drain the transmission cooler lines.

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Unbolt the lower transmission mounting brackets.

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Support the engine cradle with adjustable hydraulic jacks.

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Remove the bolts holding the engine cradle.

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Lower the engine cradle and remove it from the work area.

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Unbolt the starter. Remove the bolts from the starter opening on the flywheel. You must rotate the engine to access all of them.

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Unbolt the top transmission support, transmission bolts and remove the transmission to finish the job.

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Time to find a donor transmission

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