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#2020 of 2511 Problem starting '98 Venture : Electrical?:
Nov 07, 2005 (12:55 pm)
Hi everyone, Im new here so be gentle.....
I have a 1998 Chevy Venture and recently been having issues leading up to it not starting at all. I thin k I narrowed it down, but need help if possible:
-Service Engine light came on a while back, garage said nothing was wrong and it may be a short in wire tripping the light to appear.
-Frequently the automatic passanger sliding door would trip a fuse due to our kids not letting it open itself. According to manual all you do for THAT problem is pull the 15v fuse , wait 30 seconds and put fuse back in, ALWAYS worked when I had to do this.
-Now, the electronic driver's seat has stopped working and the automatic sliding door........pulled ALL fuses and NOTHING.SO I drove for about another 2 weeks......
-The car would not start after sitting for over an hour at a local football game. I had someone jump start me since I ran the battery down turning it over........it started right up! Went about 3 days ok so I took it to get inspected and the guy at the garage called said it was dead where I parked it. He pulled it in garage and he THINKS it is the fuel pump.
-I have the car home now in my garage, and had a haunting feeling the ELECTRICAL issues I have been having were somehow tied to no pwer to fuel pump.
-I now found 3 wire harnesses under the driver side sliding door which are connected to the gas tank, the emissions something or other and the third Im not sure.
-I unplugged the harnesses and water came FLOWING out of all of them. ALL day today I sprayed Electrical contacts cleaner in all harnesses and took out each individual wire from harness and scraped all the GREEN mess that was covering them. Now there are all cleaned up , put it back together and it started!! ....Then it crapped out!!
#2022 of 2511 Re: Venture Code 300??? [jdmddltn]
Nov 08, 2005 (2:20 pm)
I assume you have the 3400 (3.4 litre) engine. If so, your coolant leak may have been the cause of the engine's demise. These engines have a problem with the intake manifold gaskets eventually failing. This allows coolant to enter the crankcase and mix with the oil. When this happens, the oils ability to lubricate key components such as bearings is greatly compromised. If not addressed quickly, the bearings get "wiped out" - motor failure.
#2023 of 2511 Removing Door Panel
Nov 09, 2005 (6:11 am)
Hi, I have a 2005 venture and I need to remove the door panel on the inside passenger door. Can anyone help out? Now remember I need specific, I don't want to break it. Is it hard to do? any help would be great thanks
#2024 of 2511 Re: Removing Door Panel [erlsgrls]
Nov 09, 2005 (6:30 am)
Hi erlsgrls, removing any door panel you have to consider:
1. you almost always have to pop out the plastic piece around the door handle, and remove 2 screws, and/or remove the armwrest with 2 screws. (If you need more details email (secretagent4thstoogeyahoo.com) me and I will look closer at my van this weekend).
2. They make a tool to help pop the plastic fasteners out without breaking them, but I have never bought one, don't bother, you can do it without it, and if you break a plastic fastener they are cheap and easy to replace.
3. start with a thin, almost flat, flat bar/pry bar/big screwdriver, and slide it up a few inches behind the door panel near the lower left corner, don't pry like you are prying to boards apart, wiggle the tool a little at a time until you can slide a few fingers under the door panel.
4. keep gently tugging the door panel so you can slide your finger near the 1st plastic fastener, then give it a few good yanks straight out,
5. repeat for other plastic fastener you find holding the bottom half of the door panel to the door, then lift the door panel out and up, it is in clips near the window at the top and you just yank it up at the top to release.
6. if you are careful you can peel the plastic insulation back and re-stick it when you are done.
Nov 13, 2005 (4:15 pm)
Has anyone every replaced their coil packs? They are tucked up in there good. I am going to replace with Accel coil packs, and I want to make sure that it is not a major operation.
#2026 of 2511 New to this Forum (I hate my Venture)
Nov 20, 2005 (1:30 pm)
I bought my 01 Venture just over a year ago (Aug 04). I loved it until my wipers went crazy 4 days after I bought it. The fine GM dealer refused to do anything about it until a show was made to the owner in his show room. These are the problems I've had in the last year with this fine Chev product:
Wiper control arm,
Intake manifold gasket leak,
Rear wiper no longer works,
Radio is locked,
Instrument cluster has no lights,
Gauges are not working,
LR power lock interminent,
Right power window came off bracket,
Front disc and pads replaced.
Sounds like other people are having similar problems. DO NOT buy a van in the montana/venture family.
#2027 of 2511 Re: Problem starting '98 Venture : Electrical?: [rjechoes]
Nov 20, 2005 (10:39 pm)
Thank You for this post. i have ventura 98 ,same problems, electrcal.sometime start and worked very well but ...
read this post and eenaef ,i found connector /modul/ full of water and rust. one contact was broken .now looking for new modul, and with jumper wire on broken contact ventura starting all the time.
Service est. was fuel pump
new fuel pump is CAN$550-850 + $200 install
#2028 of 2511 chevy venture
Nov 21, 2005 (9:35 pm)
I'm new to the site. i have a 2001 chevy venture and fell in love with it. my mechanic told me my head gasket need replaced. 1st why does it take so many hours to replace the $300.00 gasket. they told me 17 hours worth of work which equates to $1,000. I find this hard to believe. 2nd my van runs great, what signs should i see if my head gasket is going bad? yes, i am getting a second opinion. i just want to be more on top of things when i get my 2nd opinon. can anyone help me?
#2029 of 2511 Re: Chevy Venture Keyless Entry Remotes & Programming Instructions [93miata
Nov 23, 2005 (7:54 am)
What did you find out about the Keyless entry for the Venture. I've got the same problems you have, but I haven't won any of the bids on ebay. I placed a bid last night that had 4 days left on it, then this morning I see that I have "lost" the bid and the only ones still available for the venture are all "Buy it now" at twice the price I bid last night.