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Chevrolet Venture, Van
Jul 30, 2004 (5:56 pm)
I am going crazy trying to get an answer to the simple question: "What items make the towing package on the 1998 Venture?"
1st Dealer's Answer: Call Chevrolet.
Chevrolet's Ans: Call the dealer.
2nd Dealer's Ans: Swaybar/stableizer and engine oil cooler.
3rd Dealer's Ans: Just a hitch and wire harness! (I'm not joking ..an actual dealer told me this even after I proposed oil coolers, transmission oil cooler, air shocks, etc).
4th Dealer: Heavy duty Alternator and large capacity radiator.
Now, the www.Chevrolet.com site allows you to choose options to purchase a new van and for the 2005, it lists the towing package as: Heavy duty Alternator and large capacity Radiator.
BUT! WHen you go to the GMCanada.com site and pull up the towing package, it lists: touring suspension, heavy duty radiator, alternator, and signal flasher, transmission oil cooler.
Is there some who knows the REAL answer to this and can back it up?
There was a post somewhere in here that suggested it is the larger radiator which includes a larger transmission cooler (that must imply that the transmission cooler is within the radiator), and a water-cooled engine oil cooler.
THank you for any help ...even if you suggest where I can find the answer would be appreciated.
#1688 of 2512 Re: Towing Package [tony17112acst]
Jul 31, 2004 (5:02 am)
On the 02 trailering provisions or package included wire harness, and maybe larger rad. On the 03,04 trail pkg included trans cooler, larger rad, alt, and harness. Hitch was not included. This was available with touring suspension pkg. This consisted of auto level, air inflater, trac control, upgrade on tires, and possibly larger sway bar. What the trailering pkg included varied on different years. Are you trying to add or find out what you have on your 98? Parts dept at dealer should be able to look up what your van has or was available for that year. I think GM web site will only detail opts for 2 or 3 yrs. Trans cooler is by Trans or rad, and can be added easily. Hope that is of some help.
#1689 of 2512 Traction Control
Jul 31, 2004 (7:16 pm)
With all the great deals I'd like to buy a new venture but can't seem to find 1 I want with traction control. How important is traction control. I live in NY.
#1690 of 2512 Re: Towing Package [lct1]
Aug 01, 2004 (5:13 am)
I DO have the auto load-leveling and traction control, hitch and wire harness. And yes, I want to add the items to my 98 Venture to allow it to tow the 3500 pounds which means I'd need all components of the "towing pakage."
Unfortunately I can't get a definitive answer on what makes up the towing package for that year (1998).
I don't know what else I can do besides calling the dealer. But I get a different answer from each dealer ...which proves they don't really know the true answer.
Boy am I frustrated.
#1691 of 2512 Re: Towing Package [tony17112acst]
Aug 01, 2004 (8:48 am)
Sounds like you are well on you way. The trans cooler will be located by the rad or trans. Look to see if you have one, if not one can be added easily. Check hitch to see if it is proper weight class for your needs. If you take your vin # to parts dept. you should be able to find out which rad and alt you have. Larger rad and alt. would be helpfull especially the rad. If you don't have trans cooler, have one added. With that you should be ready to go. If van came with factory wiring harness hookup, I would think it has the additions the towing pkg had for that yr. Hope that helps, Len
#1692 of 2512 Re: Towing Package [lct1]
Aug 05, 2004 (3:53 pm)
Actually, the hitch and wiring harness were after-market items.
Well, today I had a long-awaited call returned from a dealer that has a good repuation. It took 6 days for them to call me back and they're answer was "We have no information on the components of the 1998 Venture towing package."
Whatta joke. Isn't the dealer the final authority on this stuff? Even when I called the Chevrolet Company itself, they said the dealer is the one with this info.
Any other advise on where I could find the answer?
#1693 of 2512 Re: Towing Package [tony17112acst]
Aug 06, 2004 (6:46 am)
I don't know why your so worried about what the dealer would put on your van to tow!
I sell hitches and it sounds like you have enough information to be dangerous (to yourself).
The answer to your question depends upon the terrain you drive, the load you are going to pull, and how often you are pulling it and duration.
Going all aftermarket I would go with everything you have mentioned. Put the hitch, wiring harness on your van and see how it does. I would then go with the trans cooler and a thermostat that opened just a little sooner than stock. I would then push you into getting a pusher fan on the front of the stock rad. As for the load, I would go ahead and get a set of load leveler air baffles.
Aug 06, 2004 (8:32 pm)
The reason I need to know is if the van needs a, b, c, d, and e to tow 3500 pounds, and then I install a, b, c, and d AND NOT e, then I can fry the motor or the transmission, right?
I want to know to not ruin my van towing 3200-3500 pounds.
Please note that I already have the load-levelers, hitch, and harness.
Aug 06, 2004 (8:39 pm)
I have Traction Contral and it is INVALUABLE in the winter, here in PA. When you pull out from a stop, the whells will not slip. Some folks get stuck going up slight hills in icy weather but TC will not.
Also, pulling out into heavy traffic with snow or ice will be much much safer.
The funny thing is that I never gave TC a thought before it came as a bonus on my Venture. Now I will never buy another vehicle without it. Its use comes up more than I ever thought.
I can only assume that wintery condition in NY for you is even more of a reason to insist on having it.
Don't settle for somethign without it if you have a choice!
#1696 of 2512 Shocks and Struts - Venure 2000 LT
Aug 07, 2004 (4:44 pm)
Has anbody replaced the Venture rear shocks with the self leveling device. After 80000 miles mine are leaking fluid.
Similarly on front struts any info would useful.