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#2488 of 2501 2001 chevy malibu w/ 2001 chevy venture 3.4l in it
Sep 30, 2010 (12:16 pm)
Hey everyone, im hoping i could get a little insight on a car im working on. I purchased the car and the seller told me it had started overheating and acting like the head gasket was starting to go bad but not blown, there was never any oil-coolant contamination, and he gave me the full gasket set for the engine with the car. I drove the car home, had to stop twice to add coolant because it was all pouring out the coolant overflow, and then tore the engine down. The head gaskets did not look that bad, the lower intake gaskets looked ok, and the upper intake gaskets looked like crap. I replaced all of them since i had them, also replaced the following, spark plugs (gapped .060), plug wires, thermostat, coolant resevoir lid, power steering pump, valve cover gaskets, pcv valve, throttle body gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets and bolts, fuel injector o-rings, air filter, and oil/ oil filter. After i did all this i put the engine back together and started it up, it started right up but is not idling smooth and also is still spitting all the coolant back out the overflow. Ive flushed the system and burped it 3 times for 45 minutes each time and it still does it. I also ran a compression test and got 130psi from 5 cylinders and 120psi on the #5 cylinder those numbers sound low but im not sure what they are supposed to read. Also the small vacuum tube connected to the pcv valve is collapsing when the engine is idling and the engine seems like its stalling out. Ive had suggestions that the heads where warped and now i need to redo the head gaskets, the heater core is bad, something is wrong in the vacuum system, and the water pump is bad. So with all this info can anyone tell me what it sounds like im hoping i dont need to redo the head gaskets but that looks like where its heading. Thank you to anyone that helps.
#2489 of 2501 Re: 2005 Venture cooling problem code 480 [442dude]
Oct 02, 2010 (10:57 am)
thanks... yeah, I thought of that, but that is sort of hoaky.... when I jumper up the fan, it ran even with the ignition off, so I need to find a switched hot wire on the top of the fuse box.
#2490 of 2501 Chevy Venture ABS light
Jan 12, 2011 (9:47 am)
Oh my 04 venture i have just had one of the wheel bearings replaced and the ABS and the Traction control lights are still on. Some times the lights go off while driving and the ABS and traction control work until the vehicle is turned off for a while then do not work for a week or so. Any suggestions? I will check the plug ins for the sensors first . Thanks
#2491 of 2501 2002 wb edition DVD Player problems
Mar 02, 2011 (8:01 pm)
I NEED HELP! I tried to have an after marked pioneer dvd touch screen receiver, only to be told the 2002 has data info from the factory stock radio, so they could not send the dvd signal from the pioneer to the overhead factory installed monitor. If they take it out, it will disrupt everything. BUT the factory dvd gives me a BLUE SCREEN and says READING and only plays a few dvd's. I read something about dvd's being recorded as -R and +R, does this really effect it? Does the dvd player need cleaning, or replaced? can it be repaired, and how much? Could I do the install myself?
#2492 of 2501 1999 Chevy Venture Driver Information Center Repair.
Mar 12, 2011 (7:53 am)
1999 Chevy Venture Driver Information Center Repair.
I researched and finally found a fix for non functioning Driver Information Center.
The solution was similar to that found for similar modules on other brands of vehicles.
Remove the Driver Information Center Module
(See GM manual for procedure)
Push back clips from black housing box and carefully remove circuit board
Place circuit card flat on table.
Place display and component side of circuit board facing up
Rotate circuit board so the display module side is facing you
There are button switches on either side of the display module
Look at the right button switch.
Next to it just left and above are four 1/4" X 1/8" black components attached to the circuit board
They are marked 430, 430, 820 and 820 reading from top to bottom.
These are resistors with 43 and 82 ohm values.
On the two modules I have repaired the problem was with the top most resistor. It is marked 430 and is 1/2" above and 1/4" to the left of the right button switch. The soldering to the circuit board had fractured. I resoldered the resistor into place using a bit of solder and 15 Watt pencil soldering iron.
The problem is NOT the black spot on the display in the upper left corner
The problem is NOT the DC to DC converter modules.
Why does it come loose?
I believe the resistor was part of the circuit which supplied power to the display module plates.
The resistor came loose due to the metallurgy of solder. The solder often is a mixture of tin and lead. The tin is more strongly attracted to the copper in the circuit board than the lead is attracted. When hot, when within 10% of melting temperature (resistors designed to run hot), the tin near the circuit board face will move. Having moved there is stress in the solder at the locations where it left. These holes create high stress in the solder structure, this leads to a fracture staight across the mounting face of the resistor as smooth and complete as if a knife cut the resistor loose. This only happens in designs which allow parts to heat to values close to the melting point of the solder. This rarely would happen in the past before surface mounted components. The cure would be higher temperature solder, cooler running parts, avoiding flat straight mounting interfaces, etc. Reheating the joint sets it right for a while.
Chevy Venture 1999
Driver Information Center
VFD Vacuum Fluorescent Display
Futuba VA3527 2-BT-225GN
#2493 of 2501 Re: 2001 chevy malibu w/ 2001 chevy venture 3.4l in it [awil28]
May 22, 2011 (7:05 pm)
notorious for the thermostat going bad just remove the air filter cover and rubber hose to get to it with a 13mm wrench but it needs to be at least 10inchs long to reach the bottom bolt, your irregular idle may be ignition coils so go on line find the 3 coils and plate they rest on http://www.acpartshouse.com/ListItems/MainCategory/Electrical.aspx best price i found, the fan issue shows if you turn on ac the fans will kick on but i need to find the senor that is doing the same thing on mine.
#2494 of 2501 Re: 2005 Venture cooling problem code 480 [cjp57]
May 22, 2011 (7:17 pm)
no the van will not over heat probably due to the thermostat being bad or opening too easily to allow easy low pressure high water volume flow to keep it cool
#2496 of 2501 rear stabilising bar bracket
Oct 20, 2011 (10:06 pm)
I have a Chevy Venture 1999 which has done only 128,500 Km. I was driving 60km/hr. when suddenly the (REAR) stabiliser bar bracket broke from the body of the car.
With the bracket broken it was difficult to control the steering as the car swerved violently.
I put this article to warn & caution other drivers of the problem with this year & model because if anyone was at a higher speed it could result in a severe accident or death.
I feel it is a manufacturing defect of some kind.
I would like to know if anyone has a similar problem as the company has said that there is no recall on the vehicle.
#2497 of 2501 There is a rubbing sound!
Feb 04, 2012 (8:58 pm)
My friend has a 2000 Venture that was making a loud rubbing sound from the front and the rear. They thought it was the wheel bearings. I replaced the front brakes and the rubbing sound coming from the front stopped. I drove it around the block and the sound started again. Now it has a squeak to it. The rear brakes still need to be replaced. What else can cause the rubbing sound in the front of the van?