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#2387 of 2512 2003 Chevy Venture - Wont Start
Aug 27, 2008 (1:13 pm)
I'm having some problems with my 2003 Venture. I jump started someone a few nights ago, and ever since, when attempting to start the engine, it's acted like it's had a problem getting enough power from the battery to turn over. This continued getting worse (having a harder time starting) for the next few days, until yesterday it just stopped starting altogether.
Now, the lights will come on inside; the dash will light up, headlights work, etc. But when I attempt to start the engine all this dies / drains, and instead of starting there is a clicking sound followed by a faint "churning" or whizzing sound.
I've cleaned the battery contacts, made sure the battery is charged to full, tried jump starting it, etc. and nothing has been successful so far. I *think* I located the starter behind the radiator and near the bottom, and jiggled the apparent contacts there to make sure they weren't loose - nothing there, either.
I do not know how to proceed from here, so anyone with an idea / experience would be appreciated. Thanks.
Update: I tried pulling all of the fuses that had to do with Ign or Battery, then waiting about 30 seconds and re-inserting them. When I tried to start the engine, the same thing as before happened, except I noticed that when I turned the key to the "on" position, there was the churning sound I mentioned earlier. I did this a few times to test it - now the van acts as if the battery is completely dead; no lights, dash, anything of the sort.
Also, now, when I turned the key to "off" it makes the churning sound for a few seconds awhile the speedometer and other gauges twitch around slightly, before falling limp as the churning sound ends.
#2388 of 2512 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture - Wont Start [qinael]
Aug 27, 2008 (1:45 pm)
Sounds like the starter is going out. It may have had nothing to do with the jumpstart you did. That whirring and churning noise is a classic symptom of a bad starter. When you turn the key, finger like items engage forward within the starter to grab hold of another piece which in turn cranks the engine. If those fingers do not move or only move enough to touch the other piece, then you get either a whirring or churning noise.
It shouldn't be too hard to replace yourself. Check around and see if it is more cost effective to have it rebuilt or to buy another one.
You can also remove it and take to an Autozone or some other parts store. Most will check it for free.
Let me know what you find out.
#2389 of 2512 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture - Wont Start [viscern]
Aug 28, 2008 (8:23 am)
Have the selenoid on the starter checked. It is what actually pushes the "fingers' to engage. sometimes you can tap on it with a hammer and the car will start.
#2390 of 2512 Re: Stabilizer (Sway) bar [eskramer]
Aug 28, 2008 (3:14 pm)
Just returned from the car repair shop, and was told that our 2001 Venture has a broken front sway bar. The owner of the shop explained he's seen this before, and that he found out that GM bought some suspension parts from China, and those parts are prone to rusting through, which is what happened in this case. Our Venture has 68,000 miles on it and I drive it like an older person because I am an older person, so there was no abuse. Back in the 50's, my dad's 1950 Buick broke a rear sway bar, and I can't help but think that they haven't learned how to make one that doesn't break over the past 58 years.
#2391 of 2512 Re: Leaking Venture [leihua5264]
Sep 08, 2008 (2:01 pm)
I have the exact same complaint on my 1999 Venture. Was anything ever found why it was doing this or where the water was coming from . I hear the same rush of water and then my door locks go crazy . Locking and unlocking the door locks all by their self. Then I start loosing my dash lights until I dry the wiring out. I have installed a couple of towels under the dash to cover the fuse block which helps, but is by no means a fix. Can't find where the water is coming from .
#2392 of 2512 Re: 2000 Venture LT [handy9]
Sep 08, 2008 (2:16 pm)
I have a 1999 Venture that has exactly the same problem except I would hear a rush of water under the dash after I would back out of my driveway and go into drive. As soon as I drove forward I would hear the rush of water and it would pour out from under the dash onto the passengers feet and the fuse block and wiring . This would cause the power locks to go crazy until i could dry pout the fuse block and wiring . Did you ever find out what the problem was
#2393 of 2512 VENTURE ABS LIGHT
Sep 22, 2008 (6:41 pm)
I have a 2001 Venture and my ABS and Traction control lights are on. Any suggestions before I spend a bunch at a garage for a diagnosis? Any way to temporarily shut them off for a day?
#2394 of 2512 Re: VENTURE ABS LIGHT [jeddry]
Sep 22, 2008 (6:56 pm)
Probably a bad wheel speed sensor - they're part of the bearings so they have to replace a bearing to repair it...Only thing you can check is the connectors at each wheel to make sure that they're tight and in good condition. If they're all on OK, you have to let them hook it up for a diagnostic check so they can figure out which one it is.
Sep 22, 2008 (7:53 pm)
I have a MVI vehicle inspection,,can I turn those lights off for a day???
Sep 22, 2008 (9:19 pm)
No, If you get an OBDII controller and turn off the light, the garage will know. They will know because your van's computer will tell them that not enough time has passed for the light to be on or off (since you reset the light); diagnostics in the computer need a certain amount of driving time to put the light on or not. They'll give you your van back and say bring it back in after a 100 miles or so. Then your light will be back on.
Another way to put it is that there are three results when you hook you computer up to a computer:
Pass (light is off);
Fail (light is on);
Not Enough Info (light is off).
If you "turn it off," you'll just put it in "Not Enough Info" mode and they'll tell you to come back.