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Chevrolet Astro, Chevrolet Venture, Van
#590 of 629 Reply to: Robofire
Mar 12, 2007 (7:39 am)
Starter runs until motor starts, regardless fo how long you hold the key. This keeps you from holding the key on too long and wearing out your starter, or "tapping" the key and killing your solenoid. The heat DOES take along time to warm up if just idling. Normal.(I live in the snow belt)The radio sound is also a convenience feature built into all GM radios at this time. You can turn it off. I am now on my second Venture and would buy a 3rd. I have had some small problems and some big ones, but I think that just comes with trying to buy an "American" vehicle, ANY of them.
#591 of 629 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture ext LS [robofire]
May 25, 2007 (2:07 pm)
I wonder if this Venture was a Canadian Vehicle brought into the US used for resale...
#592 of 629 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture ext LS [scott78]
May 25, 2007 (5:57 pm)
I'm pretty sure that's not the case. According to CARFAX it was purchased and leased the whole time in Miami Florida.
#593 of 629 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture ext LS [herbo97]
Dec 05, 2007 (5:19 pm)
My starter sticks intermittently when I start it, has almost from day one, I am the original owner of a 2001 with 67000 miles.
And yes, the heater could be better, I think it's a matter of being underpowered considering all the space it has to heat up.
Mar 10, 2008 (4:49 pm)
Our 01 Venture has quit on me 2x while driving. Had it towed to garage, fuel lines and wires were melted to top of gas tank as well as gas tank melted some. Replaced once already. Was told lucky that it didn't blow up on me. Last mechanic said we needed new fuel pump. Has anyone else had any problems like this or know of what might be the cause? Have spent more thatn enough $ already. Don't want to put another gas tank on and have it do the same thing 25 miles down the road.
#595 of 629 Re: 2003 Chevy Venture ext LS [stan3plman]
Mar 10, 2008 (5:48 pm)
We found that the reason the heater was so bad was because the thermostat was shot & sticking open...once I replaced it the heat was much better...still not great, but certainly better - seems the OEM thermostats are only good for about 80,000 miles or so...
#596 of 629 Re: fuel system [tlsisson]
Mar 11, 2008 (6:09 am)
How many miles do you have on the engine? I haven't experienced your situation yet, but I'm concerned with the numberous engine seal leaks I have with only 31,000 miles.
#597 of 629 Re: fuel system [robofire]
Mar 11, 2008 (2:53 pm)
We have about 180000 KM on it.
#598 of 629 Re: fuel system [tlsisson]
Mar 14, 2008 (3:57 pm)
You can search my other posts....
But I think---- you need to check the harness plug that is under the van located approx. under the drivers seat. My plug was shorting across the terminals. It had fooled my into thinking that 4 fuel pumps had gone bad on my van. The last one I dropped the tank to flush it out myself thinking that the tank was all gunked up, While the tank was on the ground I inspected all the harness back into the van when I found the terminal. After I pigtailed a new (to my van) plug onto the van I powered the van on to see it the old pump ran and sure enough.
Now if you find that the plug has problems you will mostlikely not find it at the dealer or any car parts shop. You will need to go to your nearest wrecking yard to get it.
#599 of 629 HELP! No oil pressure, starts and cuts off
Mar 16, 2008 (5:08 am)
Ok this is going to be long so I am sorry. My wifes 98 venture had the low oil pressure light come on and the van shut off. We couldnt get it started and had it towed home which was 6 blocks from our house. After doing some research I thought I would try the quick cheap fixes first. I replaced the oil and filter, the oil sending unit, the fuel filter. We can get the fan to start but the low oil pressure light would come on and then after a few secs would shut van off. So I sought advice from some mechanics and I was thinking maybe oil pump but everyone said they had never seen the pump go out and that it would cost $800 to put a $50 part in because its super labor intensive to take the oil pan off the 3.4L engine. So we were told it could be a few other things as well. Some said the oil pickup tube could have fallen out which would cause no oil to be sucked up into the pump. To see if the pump was actually working they said to take the oil filter off and crank it over and see if oil would come out beings that the filter is higher then the pump if oil came out pump was working at least..well that didnt work. So they said well if pickup tube came out then to take few quarts of kerosene and pour in oil to submerge pump fully and then crank and see if oil comes out..tried it and still nothing. After I changed the oil and had cranked engine over and took off oil filter the fiter was clean as a whistle which tells me no oil is being pumped. So I finally come to idea that maybe the pump really is bad. No here is my problem...can anyone think of anything besides the pump that would cause this...and #2 all the mechanics said they had never seen a pump go out and some said they wouldnt even mess with it because its a costly fix that might not even work. But giving all the things I have tried wouldnt ya think it might just be the oil pump? The van has 140k miles on it and yes 800 is a lot I think to have it repaired..but given my financial situation with 5 kids I cant afford to go out and buy brand new car, and I sure dont want to buy a used headache of someone elses. Please any help would be appreciated.