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#1844 of 2501 Gasket failures/No Start/ Security message
May 03, 2005 (11:49 am)
I've got a 2001 Venture LS with 200 000 KM (+/- 125 000 miles). I'm in Canada. I've had the same Intake gasket and Head gasket failures. My dealer up here in Canada told me GM fixes these for free - even out of warranty. I had the Intake fail at 80 000 Km (+/- 50 000 miles), well out of warranty. They changed the gaskets, oil, filter etc. Within a few days the intake failed again, and blew the rear head gasket also. GM replace the rear head gasket, intake gasket, oil, filter etc for free again. I did request that the front head gasket be replaced at the same time as a precaution. It cost me less then $100 (canadian), since most of the motor was ripped down. The dealer also told me the reason for the intake/rear head gasket failures is the poor design of the engine compartment. The Intake and Rear of the motor are covered, so the heat builds up, because cold air can't circulate back there. This also causes premature alternator failure. Notice the '05 Uplander - new front end (ie longer), but same rear portion as the Venture. I would bitch and complain if the dealer charges you for the Intake and Head gaskets. My Chevy Dealer willing told me. They even fixed the roof paint no charge - another GM problem - because of rust spots. GM also fixes paint delamination for free if you scream loud enough - it works trust me.
As for the No Start/Security issue. That also happened to me under warranty. I would turn the key, and nothing. Try turning the off then to start again. Should work for a bit. With me it turned out the Security Chip in the Head (under the black rubber) of the Ignition/Door Lock key was flakey. It screwed up the ignition cylinder. After the Key and Ignition module were changed all was fine.
Any questions please let me know.
#1846 of 2501 Re: 99 Venture [UNSAT]
May 05, 2005 (3:15 pm)
I had the same problem with my 98 venture. I phoned around looking for a regulator at a wrecker, cost $250 canadian. Then I phoned the dealer and they said you can as of 6 months ago just buy the scissor arms for $65 canadian new and improved???. My arms were weak and would bend when my window went up and down.
It took 2 hours to change, not bad for never doing it before. A few hints disconnect all the wiring & dont forget speaker wire and tie out of the way, also disconnect the door inner open handle (just clipped in) and tie handle and rods up out of the way. The whole black frame comes out as a unit. Window is heavy a second person might help. Mark the gear on the motor and watch your fingers when you disconnect the motor.
#1847 of 2501 Re: Gasket failures/No Start/ Security message [rvo]
May 10, 2005 (9:11 am)
Hi there, just a question regarding head gaskets. I have a 2000 Venture, do you mean to tell me that ANY GM Dealer will change these for free? Because it is of a poor design? Mine has 184,000 kms on it, and the engine's knocking pretty good, and I've had to replace and fill my collant twice in the last 6 months or so. It does need a good tun up too, so maybe while it's being done, they can replace this for free?
#1848 of 2501 Re: 03-Venture Wipers not going into Park ? [toolman5]
May 10, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I had problem with wipers not going into a park. Shops offered replacement of motor and electronic card. They did not sound convincing so I did my research. I noticed that wipers went to park when it's raining. I disconnected wipers' transmission and tried to move it with hand and they were hardly moving. One of bearings appeared to be clogged with road salt so motor could not move it to park and normal moving speed was slow also. I found shop that agreed the reason of problem (there were some that did not listen) and got transmission replaced.
P.S. I still do not know how damn motor works; too complicated.
#1849 of 2501 Re: '04 venture van dies without warning [cat9hi]
May 18, 2005 (4:44 am)
Hi I've had this same problem with my 2001 chevy venture...It had a faulty chip in the ignition key making it shutdown..Hope this helps!!!...good luck
#1850 of 2501 Re: Crankshaft pulley [thinblueline]
May 20, 2005 (9:04 am)
Yes, I had the same pulley problem more than 2 years ago and it was replaced free of charge although the car was out of warranty because it had previously been recalled to check that problem and nothing had been found or done at the time. So it was their fault. The car had 50000 miles. I must add that my Venture has the V6 Catera engine (I live in Europe) and that I found advice on the Catera forum, here at Edmunds. In Europe the Venture is an Opel Sintra. The pulley is in 2 parts that are separated by a rubber part which absorbs shocks.
#1851 of 2501 Electrical problems/ Air Conditioning puzzle
May 21, 2005 (7:46 am)
2001 Venture. My air conditioning is not working. The compressor is working and the system is charged with freon. Any ideas?
I also have have wierd electrical problems such as the tail lights burning out and the driver's side window not working.
#1853 of 2501 1997 Chevy Venture Electrical Systems Problems
May 23, 2005 (11:14 pm)
I have a 1997 Chevy Venture, which I have started having a few problems with lights dimming and the electrical system in general. I do have an amplifer and subwoofers added on to the system as well as an aftermarket cd player which can account for a total addition of 35 amps to 45 amps of draw. When my subs are turned up all of the way they do tend to make the lights dim. Also when I use the ABS the lights will dim while they are on.... That is a side note to my current problem with the electrical system. For the past week it has been getting worse In which I attempt to start the vehicle and it wont start the first few times, but on the 4th or 5th time if it give it some gas it will start up. Also, the lights now dim when the bass is turned up half way instead of all of the way. In the past two days, my ABS light will pop on at various times when i am driving normally and not even using the ABS, as well as the Brake light (in the insturment cluster) does the same thing. Today, it required a jump to get started and then after driving for 10 minutes the ABS light comes on so i turn it off and try to restart it (because that usually clears the lights in the dash cluster) it died again requiring a 15 minute long charge from a car before the jump start would work.
I'm guessing it is the alternator, but on a previous post someone mentioned a "10316685 Kit screw for Bosch generators" that fixed an electrical system problem? Is it the alternator? The battery? Also if i have to replace the alternator what is a good place to get an alternator with lots of Amps so i can eliminate all light dimming from my subs.?????