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#2370 of 2511 Re: VENTURE Brake Light problem [jeddry]
Apr 27, 2008 (8:18 pm)
Did a little extra research and found a TSB for the problem youre having - apparently there's also an issue with the connectors for each of the brake lights. Here's the TSB:
TSB #03-08-42-007A - (Jan 9, 2004)
Tail Lamp/Brake Lamp Bulb Inoperative (Replace Bulb and/or Circuit Board)
2000-2004 Chevrolet Venture
2000-2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette
2000-2004 Pontiac Montana
Revised to add model years (from 03-08-42-007).
Some customers may comment that the upper left hand or right hand tail lamp/brake lamp bulb is inoperative.
This condition may be the result of moisture entering the lamp housing and changing the bulbs resistance, causing the bulb to burn out and or melting the circuit board.
Replace the burned out bulb and the circuit board if needed. Apply dielectric lubricant or dielectric grease to the left hand and right hand tail lamp bulb terminals.
Part # Description
12377900 (10953529 in Canada) Dielectric Lubricant
12345579 Dielectric Silicone Grease
12533713 Circuit Board-Left
12533714 Circuit Board-Right
#2371 of 2511 Re: VENTURE Brake Light problem [jeddry]
Apr 28, 2008 (5:55 am)
Didn't have much luck this morning, decided to take it into the shop. I don't have alot of the tools required to work on electronics so I figured I bring it in and see what they could find.
Thanks again for all you info, I will let you know what the verdict is.
#2372 of 2511 Re: VENTURE Brake Light problem [442dude]
Apr 29, 2008 (12:03 pm)
The culprit was the bulbs, I guess when I investigated it I didn't do a good enough job. Oh well $40 bucks later the problem is fixed. Thanks again and if I have any questions I will be sure to give you a ring!
#2373 of 2511 Re: VENTURE Brake Light problem [jeddry]
Apr 29, 2008 (12:57 pm)
I'm glad it was something fairly painless...
#2374 of 2511 Can't read ECU codes
May 12, 2008 (12:06 pm)
I have a 98 venture that I cannot read the ECU codes. I have taken the van to 4 different autoparts stores and each handheld machine will not recognize a connection to the ECU plug.
I checked fuses. Any ideas? Am I missing something?
#2375 of 2511 Re: Can't read ECU codes [viscern]
May 13, 2008 (1:39 pm)
I know you said that you checked the fuses but...
Mine did this too. Check the aux power fuse and the cig lighter fuse. The computer portion of the ECU is powered through one of these. I found part of a staple in mine that was blowing the fuse.
#2376 of 2511 Chevy Venture wind noise on passenger side
May 26, 2008 (4:29 am)
I see many posts on this topic and many guesses. Does anyone know exactly what the problem is that creates this whistling noise and exactly what the solution is. Cross wind is an issue.
#2377 of 2511 Your Towing MPG Needed Please!
Jun 15, 2008 (7:02 am)
Can I get some real-world gas mileage you all are getting while towing 3000-3500 pounds with the Montana/Venture/Silhouette (with the towing package) please?
I just got a Honda Odyssey and hooked up my 3500 pound travel trailer to it and got a SHOCKING 9 miles per gallon! I really thought I'd get 14-15.
I welcome any information; I am really needing this info because I don't want to change vehicles AGAIN if the mileage is the same as the Odessey.
We are on the road right now! We started out in PA and started our trek to the Pacific coast. The mileage was so bad with the trailer, we dropped off the 3300 pound trailer in Ohio at a storage facility because our trip was going to cost $2400 in gas alone because of the 9 mpg.
Thanks everyone! -Tony
#2378 of 2511 Re: Your Towing MPG Needed Please! [tony17112acst]
Jun 16, 2008 (5:04 am)
I've pulled an older pop-up camper a few times with my 98 venture (I had a tranny cooler installed also). The camper is around 2500 to 3000. Normally I get 28mpg on the highway but with the camper it drops down to the upper teens or lower 20's. When I pull the camper I use a higher octane gas such as 91 or 93. I think the octane difference helps with hills, takeoff and such.
#2379 of 2511 Re: ABS Light is on [jim1ven]
Jul 03, 2008 (11:14 am)
My ABS light came on when I was having problems starting the van ('98 venture). Long story short...I took the cables off the battery and cleaned them very well with baking soda and reconnected them. Believe it or not, the ABS light went off and has stayed off. Now if I can only get that damn "check engine light" to go off...