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#67 of 629 Chevy Venture Won't Start - Sometimes
Dec 13, 2004 (7:15 pm)
We have a 2001 Venture. Our problem started at about 25,000 miles (about 3 months ago). When you turn the key to start the van it does nothing - no sounds of trying to start, etc. but all the lights, radio, etc. work. Sometimes jiggling the gear shift seems to help or the service center has banged on the steering column and it has started but sometimes it won't start for several days. Then it will work fine for a few weeks and then it leaves you stranded. It has been taken to 3 different dealerships, the ignition switch replaced twice as well as a computer sensor of some type. No codes show up when it decides not to start. We recently drove it from TX to MI. We had to take turns at rest stops, eating, etc. so someone was always in the van and it was running for fear we would be stranded in the middle of no-where. After getting to MI we turned it off, 30 minutes later it started. The next morning it took about 5 minutes to get it started, I moved it from one parking spot to another and then it didn't start for 2 days. It has been at the dealership for two weeks now. They replaced the ignition switch, thought it was fixed and today tried to get it started and had the same problem. It finally started but they can't figure out what the problem is. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what did you do??
#68 of 629 Re: Chevy Venture Won't Start - Sometimes [chawbaker]
Dec 14, 2004 (7:08 am)
<Sometimes jiggling the gear shift seems to help or the service center has banged on the steering column and it has started but sometimes it won't start for several days.>
Sounds to me that the neutral safety switch on the gear shifter is bad. Had a ford truck that the only way I could start it was bang the steering column and shifter till I was able to get it replaced.
#69 of 629 Re: fuel injector failure [slimbo31]
Dec 16, 2004 (10:35 pm)
My 2001 Astro had a failed injector at 40K miles. The dealer explained that the emission system was manufactured to Federal EPA standards, but was now being operated in California (an ex-renatl most likely sold new outside California). He said that California fuel additives are damaging to Fed'l EPA vehicles. The replacement injector rack assembly would have cost me $750 had I not purchased the extended warranty plan. P.S. - I don't buy this answer.
#70 of 629 01 VENTURE BRAKE CYLINDERS
Dec 23, 2004 (7:25 pm)
I HAVE HAD THIS VAN FOR APPROX. 1 YEAR AND CHANGED THE BRAKE CYLINDERS TWICE DUE TO RUBBER GASKETS FAILING UNDER "NORMAL" BRAKE PRESSURE IS THIS TRUE?
#71 of 629 01 VENTURE BRAKE PADS
Dec 23, 2004 (7:26 pm)
I HAVE CHANGED THE PADS ABOUT 3 TIMES IN 1 YEAR. WHY?
#72 of 629 "WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE"?
Dec 23, 2004 (7:49 pm)
01 VENTURE, WASH, DC HAD SOME BAD RAIN AND WENT THROUGH A DEEP GULLY OF WATER. SINCE THEN I HAVE HEARD A "SQUEAL" UNDER THE HOOD. HAVE NOT FOUND THE PROBLEM AREA...ANY ADVICE? ALSO, HAVE CHANGED THE FRONT PASSENGER D.R.L. FUSE AND LITE BULB NO AVAIL..PLEASE HELP...
#73 of 629 Re: Power Windows Running Sluggishly [1panky]
Dec 27, 2004 (6:05 am)
Used to have that problem a lot. In fact, I replaced three window motors because of it. When I mentioned it to a master mechanic whom lives across the street to me I found that the fix was really easy. The felt strips that the window runs up and down in needed lubrication. I bought a can of silicon lubricant, sprayed the groove between the strips, and the windows flew up and down. I have not had a problem since.
#74 of 629 Re: Venture intake leak and AC Problems [annes]
Dec 28, 2004 (5:23 pm)
We also had a 2001 Venture -- our transmission went with under 12000 miles. IT took quite some time for the dealership to be able to reinact the problems with the trans so that GM would be willing to replace the entire trans.
#75 of 629 Re: MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH OUR CHEVY VENTURE VANS !! [bluenoser]
Feb 08, 2005 (8:46 am)
I also have a Chevy Venture Van 2000 model and we bought it new. We have had countless water leaks around the same area as you have, it has also leaked around the temp/compass, which is near the map lights. I have taken it to our local chevy dealer and each time they swear they have fixed it and they have not. We have also had to have at least 5 radios replaced, which we believe is an electrical problem as well. We have had the windshield replaced and didn't work.
#76 of 629 Re: AWD Disabled and ABS Light (see 37's problem) [sharon2]
Mar 02, 2005 (7:58 pm)
our 2003 venture did the same thjing on a road trip (abs light, traction control disable). turns out it was the wheel bearing assmebly. had to replace both sides. only 20000 on van.