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#1872 of 2511 Re: 1997 Chevy Venture Electrical Systems Problems [rogaurd]
Jun 10, 2005 (6:34 pm)
just wanted to let you know that it sounds like your alternator is bad. but without properly testing you really cant be sure.. and when you say your ABS light comes on even when your not using it? You are always using your abs unless its disabled.. its probably a wheel speed sensor going bad or not getting enough voltage... that will turn on your light. your brake light will only come on if there is a problem with the fluid. perhaps you have an electrical problem as well. I would get it checked by someone who has a scanner... NOT A DEALER... go somewhere that makes there money on other things, like tires and ask there mechanics if they have a scanner.. pay the 60 to 70 bucks to find out whats wrong. then call other places to find out they're price to fix it... as for all the other people that complain about prices of auto repair.... WHERE ARE YOU GOING??? Think about this... I take my venture van to about 6 different places... I talk to the mechanics not the service guys... I listen to what they say and i judge them.. If i think they're just trying to get my money i go elsewhere... if i feel confident in that mechanic, ill let him work on it... take it from me, I AM an honest ASE certified mechanic. I know how they work... I still go to other places when i dont have time to work on my own vehicle.. or its something thats out of my league... like why wont my dash lights come on.... or the radio lights... i know its not the fuse. but not sure how this venture van works. I am not an electrical mechanic... sorry to ramble on but nobody else has this problem and i was reading yours and had an idea of what your problem was...
#1873 of 2511 Dash Lights
Jun 10, 2005 (6:46 pm)
I am a mechanic, and I can't figure out why my dash lights wont come on. I have a 97 chevy venture with 120k miles. I have had it since 40k.. I have had only minor problems with my van... I am sorry all you other people have had bad luck with your vans.. I do my regular maintenance, oil changes etc. I have worked on alot of venture vans, and all they're owners have praised them... with the exception of the few that just think that if a car starts, its ok, and when there's a problem, its a piece of junk... cars have problems all of them do...but anyway, onto my problem..
I've checked all the fuses, and just testing different things, i've come to the conclusion that I am lost.... everything works except the dash lights and the radio lights, now the radio lights come on but go off when the headlights come on... there is a dimmer switch that dims the dash lights and i'm thinking that this may be the problem... but before i spend over 100 bucks for this i want to know if anyone has had this problem and if they found a solution... thanks
#1874 of 2511 Re: Dash Lights [kakojr]
Jun 11, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I have had some really strange electrical problems in a lot of makes and models since Detroit began started using computers in cars. Everything is connected in sequence to circuits and computers, so if one component fails, strange things can begin to happen. Every lighting problem I ever had or helped others to fix was caused by a bad bulb - I even had my dome lights come on when I hit the brakes.
Sometimes a bulb filitment can melt instead of break fusing itself together and completing the circuit creating bridging circuits that should not be. Look for bulbs that are not as bright as the others or burnt out, even if they have nothing to do with the interior lights. You could also try pulling the fuse on non-essential components (like the radio) and see what happens.
If not, I think your problem is your headlight/dimmer switch. I would imagine you can use an ohm/amp meter to check it out befor sure. You might even try cleaning it and its connections with electronics cleaner.
Jun 14, 2005 (10:39 am)
"everything works except the dash lights and the radio lights" I think I had this problem a month ago or so, somehow one of the overhead console switches had gotten turned off.
#1876 of 2511 ABS Light is on
Jun 14, 2005 (10:56 am)
I have a 2000 Venture, which has had very few problems, but now the ABS light
is on after I drive about 3 to 4 miles. Any suggestions on where to take the van to have this checked out? I am under the impression that a whole slew of diagnostics can be preformed by 'plugging' my car into some sort of terminal or 'reader'. Does this mean that I need to take the van to a specialist? Or can I go to a trusted Brake, Tire and Wheel dealer? I like the idea of going to the Chevy dealer where the car was purchased, but am worried about having to pay a premium. Thanks
#1877 of 2511 Re: ABS Light is on [jim1ven]
Jun 14, 2005 (12:33 pm)
Unless you recently won the lottery, DON'T go to a dealership. I have had some good results with warranty stuff, but I have had some really, REALLY bad stuff happen there too - really stupid mistakes that cost me a lot of money.
Ask around - find someone that is ASE certified and has been in business a long time, long enough to have regular customers, accountability, and never hesitate to answer all of your questions. Word of mouth is best, look for the happy customers, ask for mechanic horror stories, if you know someone with a fleet of vehicles, they usually deal with one shop - you might even figure out where to go by learning where NOT to go.
A good shop will have a diverse range of specialists to cover all of your needs, and Make a list of problems and take it with you, since putting the car up on a lift and doing an inspection will take time and cost you a little.
I do not believe that the computer stores much in the way of compter codes for the brakes. Most car parts stores can read and clear your codes for you free of charge, and will even help you at least check your brake fluid and add some if you need it (mine is a 2000 too - adding brake fluid is impossible!).
#1878 of 2511 "change oil" message on dash
Jun 15, 2005 (7:16 am)
Hello all. I have a 2000 chevy venture that is displaying the change oil message on the dash. I did change the oil and now I can't reset it. I was told to use the odomoter/trip control and toggle it until the word "OIL" appears. However, this doesnt work.
#1879 of 2511 98 Venture service engine light.
Jun 15, 2005 (9:49 am)
Bought new, currently 73,000 miles on it. Service engine comes on after 2-3 hours of freeway operation and stays on solid, goes out after several stop starts. Had fuel system service performed, injectors cleaned and plugs replaced. So far happens only on freeway dtiving. What to do now?
#1881 of 2511 Re: 98 Venture service engine light. [roadrun1]
Jun 15, 2005 (6:46 pm)
Auto Zone stores will do a free code read on the check engine light. Their scanners (or any one) will give the code number and system affected. Once you know this, you can start to eliminate possible problems.
For example, the code read they did for me on my car showed the neutral switch being bad. But this could also be caused by the PCM connection being bad or the PCM not getting voltage or the wiring between the PCM and the neutral switch being bad. So check engine codes do not necessarily give one simple answer to a problem but rather a more focused number of possible causes. This is where the knowledge and experience of a good mechanic comes in.
If you desire to do it yourself, the Haynes manual for GM minivans has several pages of check engine code identifications related to Emission problems. You can find these manuals at your local library reference desk or at Auto Part Stores. And ALLDATA for $24/yr. has a lot of good TSB and diagnostic code charts for troubleshooting.