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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#1012 of 1617 2001 Pontias Montana engine noise 2300RPM
Jan 11, 2005 (2:49 pm)
I know, I know. Which Noise? The engine is a bit loud under acceleration, but I can live with it.
The problem is a noise which starts at 2300RPM on up. It gets harder to hear as the engines RPM increase. The best I can describe it is a mild "pinging" noise. It sounds like there is a diesel truck pacing me two lanes over. By that I mean it is not too loud, but is definitely there.
Strange that it started after I got it back from the dealer for replacement of steering box and tie-rods.
Dealer confirmed the noise only after I rode with the Mechanic supervisor. Could not isolate. The noise is more apparent from the drivers seat.
Any guesses? I ran a tank of premium fuel injector cleaner with Chevron Supreme without any change.
2001 Pontiac Montana Ext 1SG
#1013 of 1617 Re: Alien10 - Startup rattle [alien10]
Jan 11, 2005 (5:09 pm)
"Did GM ever fix this on the 3.4 engines as they are being phased out I think?"
Seems like I read they started using a coated piston. The engine is still being used in several lines such as the Aztec and Equinox and their brothers and sisters.
Tires?? I put on a set of Michelins and they would have gone forever but I hit a curb and couldn't blame it on my wife... she was the passenger! I thought the Michelins were harsh riding and noisy. Not as bad as the OE Generals however. I didn't want to spend the extra to put Michelins back on so I replaced them with BFGoodrich Premiers from Costco at about 1/2 the Michelin cost. Frankly I like them better. Ride is less harsh and far quieter.
#1014 of 1617 mcg - suspensions /shocks
Jan 11, 2005 (10:01 pm)
You say it rides badly but how? Too stiff? Too bouncy? Perhaps the new shocks are too firm for your taste, most OEM dampers are pretty flimsy and let vehicles bounce too much.
#1015 of 1617 Re: 2001 Montana showing age [afa]
Jan 12, 2005 (6:35 am)
Did you ever get a resolution to your problem. I have a Montana showing the same signs. I get the fast blinkers when braking, but it only happens sometimes. When this is going to happen, I notice that the Service Traction System light also comes on and the Traction system goes off. I had hooked up a trailer hitch and wired in the appropriate connectors, but thought that might have been part of the problem and had them all removed, but the problem still exists. Is there a simple solution?
#1016 of 1617 Re: 01Montana wowes [jeremy1]
Jan 15, 2005 (6:22 pm)
I have an idea of how you feel. I bought a new 2001 Venture in order to comfortably drive my child around - he is special needs. The van has approximately 167,000 kms. Since I purchased this van I have replaced the AC condenser ($1000.00), both electric window motors ($440.00 x2), the back window washer motor ($600.00), the tires - two sets, the wipers for the same reason you have, the back ticker lights x4, the battery and now I need the intake manifold fixed or replaced. I have no heat and the engine is over heating (this will be resolved when I fix the manifold). The gas gauge is also faulty and every three months the dealer fixes it. The window motors are starting to slow down again just like they did just before they stopped working altoghter, the inside light does not turn off automatically so it must be in the off position at all times and now the electric sliding door (the one I use for my son)does not work and must be turned off. The paint is bubbling on the hood. I am very frustrated as I am on a fixed income and bought this van to help make life less stressful and instead it has been a money pit.
#1017 of 1617 Plug replacement
Feb 03, 2005 (11:00 pm)
Last weekend I replaced the spark plugs on my 98 Olds van with 111k miles. Front three plugs, easy, takes about 8 minutes. Rear plugs. Wow. Scrach head. Read manual. Take off wiper cover, disconnect intake by the MAF sensor. Engage brake, put in neutral, disconnect two dog bone shaped motor mounts on top front, use a cargo strap with ratchet to pull motor to front on its axis of rotation. Struggle to get plug wires off, everything is by feel only. Finally take loose end of strap and wrap around plug wire boot. pull strap and pull up on the plug wire with my fingers and got the first plug boot off. Then tried a lot of things but didn't get the plug to break free. The swivel extensions I had didn't break the plugs free, so I ended up going from around the belt side of the engine and around the other side with right arm and got the plug out. Repeat for other two in back - a few hours work. Old plugs were worn out, had a 80thou gap and were worn looking. Replaced with new Bosch plat. Seems to run fine now.
Also had trouble with my Gaberial hijacker air shocks - one sort of "froze up" but Auto zoned swapped it out no problem and changing them was pretty simple, hard part is getting it to extend to put it on.
Now we're good for another 100k on my Olds!
#1018 of 1617 Re: Plug replacement [dirkdaddy]
Feb 04, 2005 (6:59 am)
Well Dirk welcome to the "I've changed the rear plugs on a U-van club". Did mine around 87K and the plugs still looked fairly good. Gap was ~.065". While at it I put on a set of Taylor wires. I did find removing the coil packs and ignition module gave more room. With my combinations of extensions, was able to "break" loose all the plugs. Seems like a couple of them I had to use a small cheater on the rachet handle. The plug wires didn't come off easy. Several years ago I made a tool from an old 8" screwdriver. Bend 1/8" of the end 90 deg. I use the bent end to hook under the boot and pull up.
Next project is to remove and inspect the belt tensioner. The belt is not riding fully on the pulley. It may have been this way since day-one and I just noticed it.
Feb 04, 2005 (7:03 am)
"Did GM ever fix this on the 3.4 engines?"
The engines did get a mod so newer 3.4L engines should not have the gasket issue.
Feb 04, 2005 (7:47 pm)
How do I change the fog light bulb in my 2000 Montana? Thanks
#1021 of 1617 Anyone here replace a starter?
Feb 05, 2005 (9:22 am)
I have a 2000 Silhouette premier. Starter is starting to pause when cranking. My mechanic told me that this is one of the first signs of starter failure. Mechanic qouted me $300 for replacement of starter with 1 year warranty. I can buy same starter for $115. Last time I replaced a starter was 20 years ago. Is it still an easy job as it was then????