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GMC Safari, Chevrolet Astro, Van
#1352 of 1973 Re: 1990 Chevy Astro won't run [dreamcatcher2]
May 26, 2006 (1:06 pm)
Had the same symptoms. After it failed to start the first time I charged battery and it started. Immediately acted like it was out of gas, raced to the gas station trying to keep it from stalling. Gas tank appeared to have been siphoned. Got to drive it about two more times, then it just completely died. Replaced the battery. No go. Bought a code reader and found 341. Put a gas additive in the tank, changed out the distributor cap, rotor, and Camshaft Position Sensor, recharged the new battery. Turned the key and she roared to life. Been running better than ever.
#1353 of 1973 Re: Astro AWD Hopping [paul5656]
May 27, 2006 (6:08 am)
This a well known problem with most (all?) Astro Vans. It was a GM recall which consisted of changing fluid in the transfer case. I don't know if the recall covered out of warranty vehicles. But, at least, all Chevrolet dealers know about the problem. It's very old news. I have two Astro Vans and both required the fix. It's not a big deal.
#1354 of 1973 Re: 02 Astro with sticky rear hatch door [johnginct]
May 27, 2006 (6:55 am)
I had exactly this same thing happen to me. It's a catch-22 situation, you need to get the door panel off to fix the problem, but can't do it with the door closed. I wonder what brilliant engineer came up with this??
Anyway, besides the screws you can get to, you need to remove the inside door handle, and what I did was then pull the panel inside, since there was no alternative. There are 2 screws you can't reach while closed, one on each side. Pulling the panel off cracked the plastic at these 2 locations, but they're only small cracks only visible when the hatch is open, and then just barely.
Once you have the panel off, you can reach into the access holes and feel around for a rod by the side latch that you can pull to release it. You'll probably have to do this while also pulling the connecting rod to the other side at the same time.
Once open, what I'm positive you'll find is that the little plastic retaining clip that holds the connecting rod to the latch rod has broken. (Whoever decided to use plastic instead of metal for this part should be shot!) The clips are less than a dollar each from your local dealer - you'll see how they work when you get one. I'd recommend replacing both sides, so you don't go through this again anytime soon. And grease them.
#1355 of 1973 Tire sizes 1994 Astro RWD
May 29, 2006 (11:28 pm)
Hi, I'm new here, so a big hello to each and everyone.
I just got myself a 1994 Astro, and need to get new tires. The ones on are 215/75 15, but how big can I put on without any mods? 255/60 15 anyone riding on that size?
#1356 of 1973 Re: Tire sizes 1994 Astro RWD [froddan]
May 30, 2006 (7:59 am)
I wouldn't change the standard tire size if it were me. But that's just my personal opinion. And if it is an AWD you must have front and rear tires exactly the same diameter.
#1357 of 1973 Re: Tire sizes 1994 Astro RWD [richly917]
May 30, 2006 (9:55 pm)
Ok, thanks for your reply. It's just that here in the UK it's not too easy to find that size tires. Mine is not AWD by the way.
#1358 of 1973 Lost Power to Steering & Brakes
Jun 03, 2006 (12:43 pm)
I have a 97 GMC Safari and while driving the shaft on the steering pulley sheared off. I replaced the steering pump and followed the directions to bleed the system. After doing all this the steering and brakes are still no better than before I replaced the pump. The hoses are not damaged so I am wondering if the new pump I bought was no good,?
Any help would be appreciated
#1359 of 1973 Suspension upgrade ??
Jun 03, 2006 (8:43 pm)
Hi!! just found this site & have learned a great deal about the Safari/Astro vehicle here. EEEK , i think im a little scared now. LOL.... sounds like lots of transmission & idle problems. Went from an S10 4x4 5 spd manual extended cab,......quite a different driving experience ! I loved that lil truck , did so much 4x4ing with it when I first got it ,,, did things that it was never meant to do , lol , but was always reliable , other than going thru a few sets of balljoints…..
3 weeks ago I purchased a 95 Safari SLX, 2wd, 184 thousand kilometers, in very nice shape, no rust underneath or on the body paint in good shape, starts up well. I just replaced the rear shocks & rear tires, which helped reduce the spongy feel when i first drove it. Taking out the seats helped a bit also, as it will be used mainly for light duty work. I was told that the front shocks were fine ,,,, however , i still notice a spongy kinda feel at the front. Are there any recommended shocks & or springs to help stiffen up the front so it doesn’t feel as squishy ?? Also is there a sway bar avail to install for the rear ??
I have just had the transmission flushed & it seems to be working ok though there is a bit of kick between 1st & 2nd . It has also been idling a bit rough esp when its warmed up a bit, though it seems to have improved after I was actually able to light up the tires on the back ( not smoking, just squealing ) & raise the rpm up high,,,seemed to flush it out a bit , ( I don’t normally do this ,but just wanted to see what it would do off the line ) Not bad for a box! . lol , certainly more ummph than the 2.8 litre in the S10.
I have yet to get a Haynes manual so I can get to know things better & do a proper tune up on it ect.
Anyways just wanted to say I love my van so far, hope the money I put into it will be more towards a fine stereo & rims ,. My wife likes it very much also ,,. She has an outside door handle now ! lol
Anyways drive safe everyone,,,,,
Jun 04, 2006 (5:35 pm)
i am wondering if anyone knows how to open the rear doors or get access to the inside of the doors as they are closed and the handle does not work.