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#6 of 49 Automatic transmission pan magnet
Oct 24, 2002 (7:08 am)
I recently changed the transmission oil on a Chevy Astro van and noticed that the magnet had a uniform coating of what looked like graphite. Is this from the factory? It didn't look like deposits.
Oct 24, 2002 (12:12 pm)
The minute magnetic particles on the pan magnet just means that the magnet is doing it's job and picking up the magnetic contaminants. GM did a good job and installed a magnet in the engine and differential also.
#8 of 49 AWD problem
Oct 26, 2002 (7:08 am)
The bucking and binding is normal. I have the same situation on my '99. Just about any 4WD vehicle will do this. I have had several and they all do it. Chevy has done a number of things to my Astro to minimize it, but bottom line is that it is not a problem.
#9 of 49 Astro is gone
Jul 30, 2004 (9:02 am)
Well, we traded for a new Nissan Quest SE. Love it. Had 95k troublefree miles on the Astro. Got a better trade on our Astro that my sister got on her equivalent Montana when she traded, $4k more for trade. Would have stayed with GM/Chevy had they updated the Astro. Didn't like the wimpy/old Venture, Montana, etc. Hope GM wakes up soon.....
#10 of 49 Excess Astro Oil Consumption
Dec 16, 2004 (11:46 pm)
My 2001 Astro with 40K miles is consuming approx. a quart of oil per 1000 - 1500 miles - NO LEAKS. I suspect it is passing behind valve guides and burning in exhaust manifold, but no smoke from tailpipe. Dealer states that a quart every 800 - 1000 is normal for this engine - "per GM". I don;'t buy it, this may have been normal in the 1950's - 60's but not in modern engines. Anyone having similar problems? Any thoughts on what it will do to my catellitic converter?
#11 of 49 1994 astro van spark problems
Aug 01, 2005 (2:02 pm)
I have a 1994 chevy astro van with the 4.3 central multiport fuel injection vin w. I replaced the injector system 3x at $400 per time. Now I have a new problem. A few months ago I pulled into a gas station and it did not start. I had the van towed. When I go it home I had no spark. I checked all wires from the ECM to the distributor. I did not have any shorts. I replaced the distributor module. Still no spark. I replaced the entire distributor and I had spark. Must have been the pickup coil in the distributor. About one week later it died again. No spark. I replaced the distributor module this time and I had spark again. Now it has been about 1 month and I started it the other day and it is missing. I guessed that a spark plug wire was touching ground or a plug had fowled. I replaced all plugs and wires. This did not fix the problem. Any ideas. If a plug wire were grounded to the body would this destroy distributor modules. Could the module be only partially bad and only giving spark to some of the cylinders.?????
#12 of 49 Recharging Air Conditioner
Sep 05, 2005 (2:59 pm)
This is an easy one. 2000 Astrovan-I'm not quite sure which port to attach the "bottle" to. With the hood popped there seems to be two choices....One on the smaller line which is think is the high pressure line (a no-no) and the other on the side of the silver can-like thing. On other vehicles, the recharge port has always been on a line. Can someone prevent me from blowing my head off?
#13 of 49 oil capacity
Sep 05, 2005 (10:38 pm)
i recently bought a 1985 astro and cant seem to find the oil capacity on it anywhere..... its got a 4.3L v6 in it...any ideas?
#14 of 49 99 Venture Chugging
Sep 07, 2005 (11:46 am)
I own a 1999 Chevy Venture. It will "chug" at any speed above 50mph. This is almost an everyday occurance. Sometimes even below 50mph! I have had a tune up and replaced the fuel filter twice. Two different mechanics couldn't fix this problem and I'm at my wits end. Any suggestions?
#15 of 49 Re: Big Problem with my 1997 Astro AWD [lancestro]
Sep 21, 2005 (4:47 pm)
i also would like to find an answer to this problem - bought an 99 astro 2 years ago and have been tracking the bucking problem for a while now - mind you i had lost a bearing in the rear axle already - so i replaced them all except for the pinion bearing set - but as for the bucking - bare with my weak explanation please - in my opinion it seems like it is engine related - as the car warms up especially on a colder morn. the vechicle runs ok till the operating temp is reached - as far as i can tell during a warm up the computer uses look-up tables for some sensors to establish a running condition (not efficiency - emmisions only) so the vehicle runs ok, but 1ce warmed up the look-up tables go by-by and all sensors are polled - my seems to buck worst during humid/ wet days. As every1 in this predicament, i did replace cables, plugs, coil, dist cap/rotor, even the ignition module - no joy - then i followed up with mass airflow sensor and throttle position sensor and still no joy - but if you are experiencing a similar problem then try this, when the vehicle starts to buck - (my does it mostly when speed is reached and i am trying to maintain constant velocity) slam the throttle to the floor - in wide open throttle the computer again goes to bypass look-up table config, meaning that it will ignore some sensors because it cannot possibly maintain efficiency and pollution ctrl in wide throttle operation and the bucking may suddenly stop for the duration of acceleration. Well at least in my case it does. But the good thing is that i eliminated alot of technical mumbo-jumbo because during a hard acceleration we are using lots of fuel so the pump and filt are ok unless it starts to really bog, the ignition components must be ok unless it is still missing - and missing engine due to a plug, wire, or distributor really becomes evident when a vechicle is placed under load. So whats left ?? well i am stumped - need help, help, please - but from where i sit - awd - i dont think that the problem is in the axle ass. or the front drive shaft assembly. But since we all own an electronic transmission which also feeds the computer with a feed back i wouldn't rule that out. thanx for listening, and by the way - i am not a classed mechanic but am an electronic technologist so i did some research on engine ctrls.