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#1988 of 2511 1997 CHEVY VENTURE - GASKET LEAKS
Oct 12, 2005 (5:32 am)
I've had to have the gaskets replaced in my venture twice. The first time it was covered under my extended warranty and the only out of pocket expense to me was $25.00 deductible, but also did not include having to replace the entire engine. The most recent time was July of 2003, this time unfortunately wound up having to pay for a new engine. Total cost $4,400.00... I was over my extended warranty at the time by 1,000 miles, yet I hadn't surpassed the 6 years. Even so, GM wouldn't do anything for me. I was wondering, I read in several areas on this chat board that Chevy redesigned the gaskets in 2003 for all new models. So if you ask me, they are admitting there that there was a design flaw. Therefore I think that they should be covering the cost for everyone prior to 2003 who had to shell out lots of money for repairs due to their design flaw. Does anyone have the address to Chevy Headquarters so that I can start hounding them every week if need be to get them to at least reimburse me for half of my money. Any information whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.
Oct 12, 2005 (6:17 pm)
have a 00 venture with 95K miles. had the infamous intake manifold gasket leak at 38K, fortunately had an ext warranty. I have head that the dexcool is like poison to the engine in these cars. I recently had to top up the coolant, no obvious external leaks. Had an oil analysis and no coolant in the oil but I'm worried something will happen to the engine again with another gasket going etc. Should I flush out the dexcool and put "regular" coolant in??? The dealer refuses to do it but I have an independent guy who looks after my other cars who will. He also said there was some tablet you can put into the dexcool which helps protects things, whats that about?? Also whats the general consensus on how often to change tranny fluid??
#1990 of 2511 Re: Power door locks 2002 Venture
Oct 12, 2005 (8:59 pm)
Seen message from someone else with same problem. Driver power lock will not lock the doors, will unlock . Any Ideas !! Redbeard
#1991 of 2511 Re: Power door locks 2002 Venture [redbeard]
Oct 13, 2005 (12:01 pm)
I have same problem on 2000, only mine will lock but not unlock
#1992 of 2511 Re: Chevy Venture Keyless Entry Remotes & Programming Instructions [93miata]
Oct 14, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I found another site online that I'm willing to give a shot - www.ThePartsYouNeed.com
The other KR site I mentioned before wants about $65 a piece with shipping for the 98 Venture remote.
They're 1/2 that price on ThePartsYouNeed site with the instructions included. I ordered 1 this morning.
I'll keep you guys posted. If it works good, I'm going to order one for my 02 as well.
Oct 18, 2005 (7:43 pm)
I got my remote from ThePartsYouNeed.com in the mail today. 4 days isn't bad especially when one was a Sunday.
Programming was easy, took about 10 seconds. I can't believe a dealership would charge 1/2 hour of labor for a 10 second job. Thats a good way to lose customers.
Anyhow, the remote works great and when I went to put in an order for remote for the 02 I noticed I got free shipping, so I bought a 2nd remote for the 98 and a pair for the 02. FINALLY I will have remotes that work and that I can use.
#1995 of 2511 97 VENTURE-FUEL INJECTORS
Oct 21, 2005 (10:23 am)
OUR 97 VENTURE WITH ABOUT 110K MILES IS ONCE AGAIN CHUGGING RUNNING
ROUGH AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. IT IS 1 OR MORE FUEL
I HAVE HAD OUR VAN IN TWICE AND THEY SUPPOSEDLY DID A PRESSURIZED
FUEL SYSTEM CLEANING AND A NEW FUEL FILTER, THAT HEALED IT FOR A FEW
MONTHS. THEY TOLD ME THOSE PARTICULAR INJECTORS ARE PRONE TO HAVE
PROBLEMS AND CLOG EASILY.
I HAVE RUN FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER THRU THE TANK 3 TIMES IN THE LAST
FEW WEEKS AND THAT IS NOT GETTIN ER DONE.
MY QUESTION IS:
1. CAN I EASILY TAKE THE INJECTORS OUT AND BENCH CLEAN THEM SOMEHOW
SO THEY WILL WORK MUCH BETTER.
2. IF SO, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME THE PROCEDURE FOR RELIEVING THE FUEL
PRESSURE, AND REMOVING A GIVEN FUEL INJECTOR, AND BENCH CLEANING IT
(IF POSSIBLE)? IF NOT I NEED THE PRECEDURE TO REMOVE THEM ANYWAY
BECAUSE I WILL LIKELY SEND THEM IN TO A CLEANING SERVICE OR PUT NEW
#1996 of 2511 Re: Dexcool [cptplt]
Oct 21, 2005 (2:15 pm)
My 00 Venture has over 200k miles on it. I have not had any leaks until last summer with the coolant. I never could figure out the location of the leak, but a mechanic spotted it - it was seeping out where the transmission line goes into the lower rear of the radiator. I used a bottle of Prestone radiator sealer and haven't had a drop since. The fluid was seeping out and evaporating on the hot radiator and tranny line. I also got rid of the Dexcool crap at about 60,000 miles and used green. The red was so full of mud it was goo in the bottom of the radiator. When the Universal fluid came out, I have used it ever since, cleaning it out every year or so, no problems.
As far as the tranny goes, I had mine screwed up by an inept dealer thug. I had to replace it at about 150k miles. I just had it serviced after about 50k miles, and the mech said it was extremely dirty, and that is the nature of that series of tranny. I am looking into higher detergent fluids and additives, but I will not let it go longer than about 40,000 miles btween flush and filter change.
#1997 of 2511 Re: 97 VENTURE-FUEL INJECTORS [4thstooge]
Oct 21, 2005 (2:28 pm)
I am not sure about removing the injectors, but a Haynes or Chiltons manual would lay it all out for you - it is a pretty big operation. When the check engine light comes on, find a parts store that will read the codes for you. Relieving the pressure can be achieved by removing your gas cap. I had fuel problems a few years ago, especially when it got cold. My intake was getting all gunked up, too. I had to take off the air intake, and spray a whole can of carb/inj cleaner in while the engine was running. I finally resolved the issue by getting my fuel elsewhere, and no problems for years. The injectors should not be bad - good luck!