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Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Venture, Van
#172 of 629 Re: Venture overheating [weepingwillo]
Jun 22, 2005 (6:33 am)
I too have a Chevy Venture Van 2001. I am so disgusted. Last summer when we were leaving to come home from vacation my air condition stopped working. I took somewhere to get it fixed it cost almost $200. When it started getting warm again this year the air wouldn't work again. I paid another $150. It still didn't work. Now I'm being told the condenser is bad and it will cost between $500 and $600 to fix. On top of that we had a bad wheel bearing that cost $170 to fix. Now I'm told because my van is running hot like the problem you were experiencing I have a bad head gasket that will cost about $1000. My van only has 45,000 miles on it. Who would expect all these problems. I just had to break it to my 8 year old and 5 year old daughters that we won't be going on our planned vacation because we have to use our money to fix the van. They cried their eyes out. I am so disgusted I don't plan to ever buy another Chevrolet product.
#173 of 629 Re: ASTRO VAN PROBLEMS [skd]
Jun 22, 2005 (6:03 pm)
I had very similar experience with my 2001 Chevy Astro, if I didn't have a concience I would have let it roll off a cliff!
I changed , wires, distributor, rotar and up graded to bosh plugs, all from Auto Zone, to help the engine run smoother. It later got worse and didn't want to start when the temperature rose to 72 degrees.
My hi-tech mechanic used his diagnostic computer but could only diagnose when speratic problem occured. He likes to find the problem before he starts changing parts (guessing). Eventually my 2001 astro would not start! and sounded as if it was cranking in the reverse direction. I even replace 2nd position plug wire (2nd time) from right front do to some possible carbon arching.
Ulimately he changed the Crank Case Sensor, and the Coil do to some discoloration on the unit. A week later I than experienced major mis-firing.
Results/Analysis: He replaced the rotar and distributor with Delco Brand, and that seemed to fix my problem. I also found out it is the nature of my particular engine to run rough.
He shared with me that some after-market items such as the rotar and distributor some times do not meet OEM specifications.
Incadently: Auto Zone refused to refund my distributor and rotar do to it being after 90 days. But they did exchange my wires.
#174 of 629 Re: venture head/intake gaskets [cwise]
Jun 23, 2005 (7:23 am)
similar problem here. head gasket blown at 67k and learning that others have similar problems. Has anyone made an progress with GM?
#175 of 629 2002 Chevy Venture Warner Bros. Ed. Problems
Jun 24, 2005 (10:53 am)
We bought our van 10/04. I was very excited to have a van with the DVD player and all the extra bells and whistles but everything that has gone wrong has been a fortune to fix. The first thing was the headsets for the DVD player, the dealership had to replace the DVD player because of a defective infrared signal, that was $1800 out of their pockets and not mine at least.
Now the built in amplifier in the stereo is blown so no sound out of the speakers, but the kids can still watch movies or listen to the radio from their headphones. Nothing for the people up front though. Out of warranty now, the radio can be serviced for $600 or replaced for $1200.
And last but not least, the fuel sensor is shot. It alternates between telling me the car is full and empty, along with the annoying low fuel jingle. A repair shop said about $400 for a new fuel sensor. Any suggestions? Cheaper alternatives? This van was not cheap and with the payments I can't afford these kinds of repairs!
I guess though reading these posts I should be grateful that it is running at all!
#176 of 629 vapor lock
Jun 24, 2005 (9:55 pm)
heres the problem! i have an 88 astro van v6.the van runs great in the morning and then in the afternoon it seems to starve for fuel.its not overheating but it seems to be vaporlocking on me.maybe not?but it does not die on me when it seems to be vapor locking on me. it seems to only run on the gas that the fuel pump is pumping in this only happens in the afternoon as the day gets hotter and i sit at a stop light or in traffic.is it vapor locking on me or could the catalyc converter be going out.i did notice that my fuel lines are next to my manifold could this be the problem?help please!!!! thanks
#177 of 629 00 Ventuer need AC help. VERY STRANGE
Jun 24, 2005 (11:13 pm)
I have 2000 Venture short wheelbase. 69K miles. Runs great. recently, the AC is acting up. The Venture has 5 dash vents. One on the left, one on the right, and a 3-gang in the middle.
Here is the issue. The right (passenger) one, and the right-most one of the 3-gang in the middle, blow very cold.(normal cold). The left one, and the two left-most ones of the 3-gang, blow much warmer. What coul;d possibly cause this. I would've thought the vents were all connected together.
Any help much appreceiated.
#178 of 629 Re: 2005 venture [tess1]
Jun 25, 2005 (5:07 pm)
I have a 2005 Astro that almost hums rather than buzzes, but just as loud. Sometimes when the wind is behind me it does not do that. A cross wind will make it give short bursts. All this at speeds around 60 - 70 MPH. I have heard it is the plastic grill in the front -- I am going to put some chicken wire in front for awhile and see if it will break up this harmonic.
#179 of 629 Re: 2005 venture [tess1]
Jun 25, 2005 (5:08 pm)
See email 178.
#180 of 629 Re: 00 Ventuer need AC help. VERY STRANGE [pjw73nh]
Jun 26, 2005 (7:13 am)
I have the exact same problem with my 98 Montana, the sister GM van of yours. When I find out more on this I will try to let you in on it. I have a gut feeling from looking around the web for symptoms and solutions, that the HVAC Module has a problem (see http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/1b/e9/79/09- 00823d801be979.jsp)
I did have the system recharged two weeks back after testing it for vacuum, and things were fine ... temporarily. I have theories but of course I would prefer the answer!!!
I thought the exact thing as you that all the vents were connected together too.
#181 of 629 Re: 00 Ventuer need AC help. VERY STRANGE [infoaddict]
Jun 26, 2005 (7:51 am)
Tnx for the reply. I am glad someone else has the problem (well, not really glad, but it's good to know that I am not the only one with it. It came on all of a sudden.
When you had it recharged, you say it DID solve the problem, but only temporarily? I was suspecting a low refrigerant condition, but then why would some of the vents be cold, and others not.
I couldn't get you link to work. it says page \can't be found. Do you have it saved anywhere that you could email me?
If I find out anything I'll pass it along. We couldn't be the only two people with this issue. Could we?