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Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Venture, Van
#482 of 629 Service enging soon light
Jun 08, 2006 (5:37 am)
I got a 1997 Chevy Astro van. I call it my rolling fortress ( I could explain but why!?!?!) My fortress has a service engine light that comes and goes. I have attributed to climate, since it goes off when the temp hits 80, well it used to. It just stays on now. That would not be a problem except( especially since I live in Ft Worth and the temp almost never dips below 120, just kidding, but it does stay hot alot here!) I have to get a state inspection and it fails automatically for just that light. In the last year, I have replaced the plugs, wires, rotor cap and rotor, fuel filter and fuel pump. I have a Haynes Repair Manual and it says there are three O2 sensors, two in the exhaust manifold and one in the exhaust pipe, but when I call the parts store to buy one, they always ask if I want the one in the intake or exhaust. so, who wants to first to slap me silly, call me susan and tell me what I got?
#483 of 629 1999 4.3 W motor intermittant misfire FIXED
Jun 09, 2006 (6:43 am)
I have been chasing a random misfire (code300)for months. I replaced-- cap,rotor,plugs,wires,fuel filter,fuel pump,mass air flow,cleaned egr,and finally the complete multiport injector system--- STILL HAD A INTERMITTANT MISS the key word is INTERMITTANT if I had followed my gut feeling I would not have replaced some of the above,but I was being advised by several GM mechanics, I figured they were right and I was wrong. Taking my experience in finding this problem I would advise anyone with a INTERMITTANT misfire to pull the doghouse off(1999 Astro) wait till it is dark outside start engine and stick with it until you can get the misfire to happen and look for arcing. What I saw was the bottom of the coil lighting up like a glowing white/light that came and went. BINGO. What I meant by if I had followed my gut feeling is this-- I could not understand how a fuelpump,injector(s),mass air flow,fuel filter could be INTERMITTANT-- it seemed electrical to me from the start but who was I to think I had the right idea and the GM mechanics were off base? Luckly I did all but the injector install myself ($95.00 to install injector unit) Anyone can do the dianostics of looking for arcing in the dark.
#484 of 629 climate control switch 1997 chevy astro
Jun 10, 2006 (11:31 am)
I bought my chevy astro conversion van last year, 1997 Tiara Diamond Excutive. I have two problems, first the drivers side electric window gets tired and stops halfway up,if you let it rest 30 seconds it will go up a couple of inches and then needs to rest. second, my air conditioning will not move off the defrost, will not work on rear air conditioning. I would also like to know what is a good repair manual for this van.
#485 of 629 Re: climate control switch 1997 chevy astro [eaglebird2]
Jun 10, 2006 (5:29 pm)
The Chevrolet Astro thread has many posts about the A/C stuck on defrost. A small diameter vacuum line is usually the culprit. It runs from the passengers side front by the freon recharging tube to the drivers side of the engine where there is a vacuum port. It usually melts on the front of the engine. I think there are also posts about the power windows also. I have the same year van but a gladiator conversion and the rear A/C heater unit only blows warm air year round. I have not been able to get a fix from this forum on that problem. The Haynes manuals are ok I guess there is a Helms manual which has even better info but none will talk about the conversion parts. There is a web site that is call conversion van parts where you can get many of the parts the conversion company put into your van, good luck.
Jun 20, 2006 (10:27 am)
I'd like to know if it's normal that the thermostatof my chevy venture 2001 has to be changed
mileage 99000 miles
#487 of 629 Re: bad bad venture [srobichaud]
Jun 21, 2006 (8:47 am)
It is not unusual, your lucky at 100,000 if you haven't had to replace the starter, alternator, water pump, and transmission. Be glad it is only a $10 thermostat.
#488 of 629 Re: bad bad venture [cob]
Jun 21, 2006 (9:08 am)
but my temp is still higher than normal could it be the gasket head?
#489 of 629 Re: bad bad venture [srobichaud]
Jun 23, 2006 (6:07 am)
Is your coolent level low? Are you seeing any white smoke out the tail pipe? Usually a bad head gasket shows these signs. The only gasket problem on these vans is the lower intake gaskets. When they leak it leaves antifreeze on the floor or it goes into the oil. I would do the simple and easy job first and replace the thermostat and do a coolent flush.
#490 of 629 Thanks & Good Bye
Jun 23, 2006 (5:28 pm)
just wanted thanks to all that have posted here and the replies that i got to questions i asked....
after having some of the problems many of you had with my 2000 chevy venture, never any of the gasket problems yet... however, with the transmisson acting funny, and being quoted $1800 by 2 different transmission shops to fix/rebuild, we decided to move on to a new car...
i'll check back ever now then to remind myself why i went into debt...
best of luck to all....former texas venture owner...
#491 of 629 electrical problem
Jun 25, 2006 (5:38 pm)
help ! I'm having a problem with the fuse blowing on my 97 astro's parking lights. it comtrols the parking lights, dash lights and warning chime for the lights. I've checked all the obvious places for a short and bad filaments in the bulbs with no luck. any help will surely be appreciated on where to start. i have also replaced the headlight switch. also i have the same problem with the control switch for the heat and a/c and i found the vacume line broke but where does it attach to on the engine.