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#1824 of 2501 Message Center says "security" and problems
Apr 18, 2005 (4:04 pm)
I am a military spouse who's husband seems to always be deployed now and I cannot continue to poor money into my venture. We have a 2001 and first it was the head gasket which by the looks of things seems to be an ongoing problem that should have been recalled a long time ago. After that $800.00 to fix, then it was problems with the spark plugs and wires. Now it has started not wanting to start and today when I got in the message center read SECURITY. i have no clue what that means and could not find anything related to it the automatic door had been forced open because the battery seems to be draining so I thought maybe that was why. it also sputters while sitting idle now and I just hate this van at this point. and will never buy another one. We were pretty much ripped off by the Chevrolet dealer. If anyone knows what the Security thing means please let me know. There are so many posts I searched a while and didnt find anything relating to this so I thought I would do one and see what happens thank you.
#1825 of 2501 Head gasket update...
Apr 19, 2005 (9:36 am)
So I took it back to the dealer for an estimate on repair costs. I was quoted $828 including labour. So I said no thanks I'll shop around. I was then referred to an independant, honest mechanic who does repairs and maintenance on the fleet of trucks where I work. He is all too much aware of the dreaded gasket leaks on 1997-2001 GM cars equipped with the 3.4l engine. He quoted me a price of around $400 for the job. Apparently GM has redesigned the gasket as of 2003 so let's hope this time the repair lasts longer that the first time it was done. Also the bolt torque specs were changed. I was wondering if anybody had the gasket job done with the newer design gasket?
#1826 of 2501 Help with my POS
Apr 19, 2005 (6:00 pm)
Before anyone even asks, the (*&% car is paid for and I can't afford a new one. With that out of the way here's the prob. Same as everyone else I had intake gasket failure. Unfortunately my wife drove it for a couple of days with a good amount of water in the crankcase (foamy oil to the top of the dipstick). We had the intake gaskets replaced, the mechanic changed oil 3 or 4 times and all seemed well. This was about a month ago.
All of sudden she gets the oil light and the lifters are barking like wild dingos. I checked the oil and it barely touches the stick. There's no oil in the carport and no plumes of blue smoke. I top it off and things quiet down a little and then later that same day get WAY worse. Almost no power and much noise from the head. When I rev the engine I can see whisps of oil smoke coming from somewhere near the front (nearest the radiator) side of the engine but I can't pinpoint it.
Now to the question. Could the water contamination have caused the oil pump the fry? It has sufficient oil level but doesn't seem to be getting to the top of the block. Of course it's quite possible the mains are gone but I live off of hope. Please lie if you think it will make me feel better.">
#1827 of 2501 Re: Help with my POS [rfourt]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:21 pm)
Well, just to follow up, the mains are GONE and the engine will need to be replace/rebuilt. Thanks a shitload GM! Minimum $2000 repair.
#1829 of 2501 Security Message
Apr 27, 2005 (3:13 am)
In the Owners manual page 2-101.and page 2-36 and it is to do with the ignition key and if it has been damaged because there is a transmitter in the key and may require a new one to be re programmed. I have a 2000 so the manual pages may not be the same.
#1830 of 2501 warped rotors: replace or resurface?
Apr 27, 2005 (7:07 am)
I have a 2004 Venture with 27000 miles on it. Last week the rotors were resurfaced because they had warped and rusted. Why didn't the dealership simply replace them? How long would I expect the resurfaced rotors to last before they will need repair again? Any advice on this matter would be helpful.
Apr 27, 2005 (10:37 am)
Brake rotors can typically be resurfaced once (maybe twice) during their lifetime. Each rotor has a minimum thickness specification. Once you reach it, the rotor must be replaced. A resurfaced rotor may offer good service, or it may tend to warp faster than a replacement. Resurfacing removes some of the rotor, thereby cutting down the material in place to dissipate heat.
Resurfacing is a cheaper alternative than replacing. I'm sure if the mechanic recommended that rotors be replaced every time, he'd hear complaints from those that would ask "why not just resurface them?"
It is my opinion that the GM-triplet minivans are "underbraked". In other words, the braking system is just adequate for the weight. As a result, warping rotors is a fairly common event on these vans. You can probably expect to have warped rotors again in another 15-20k miles, at which time you'll likely need to replace the rotors altogether. At that point, you might consider high-performance rotors that may help dissipate heat better and not warp as readily.
Hope this is helpful.
#1832 of 2501 98 Venture - Water in tail lamp
Apr 27, 2005 (6:46 pm)
When ever is rain or I wash the van, signal, back up light, stop light are acting funny, whenever i push the brake and turn the signal, signal flashing fast the normal when i hold the brake pedal. Also ABS light come on when tail are have moisture.
I did put electrical tape on electrical harness for tail lamp, but again is doing the same.
Is there is anyone known how to fix this, did I need new tail lamps etc ?
#1833 of 2501 '04 venture van dies without warning
Apr 28, 2005 (1:05 pm)
I have a 04 venture and it only has 25,000 miles on it. The problem I am having is that driving down the road it dies without warning, you don't get a warning light or anything. I take it for repairs and it does not give the mechanic any codes. Does anyone have a clue? If so please post a message!!!!!!!!!