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Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Van
#759 of 1617 2003 Venture Rearend Noise
Jan 27, 2004 (12:38 pm)
I have been have a popping and or thumping noise coming from the rear of the minivan. It has been checked by the dealer twice and they can here it. I was told that Chevy Know about the noise and has no fix or idea of what it is. The dealer has told me the truck meets all GM Specs. but the noise is still there. A Dealer gives the mechanic 15 minutes to find the problem because after that they don't get paid for their time. If you add a lot of weight to the rear the noise goes away which leads me to believe it is the shock or spring supports that are flexing and allowing metal to move. Try it yourself and see.
Jan 27, 2004 (2:16 pm)
There is a service bulletin No. 01-08-66-009 dated 10/2001 that is for "creak in the rear of the vehicle". Noise coming from the left rear while going over a bump,braking or acceleration.
Don't know if this is what you are experiencing, but, might be worth a try. Good Luck.
#761 of 1617 2003 Venture Rearend Noise
Jan 27, 2004 (6:28 pm)
This is a long-shot.... try retorquing the upper shock mounting bolts to specs. On the 98 Montana it's 62 ft-lbs.
#762 of 1617 argh... Transmission problems.
Jan 28, 2004 (12:17 pm)
Well, we had our 01 Montana (24000 miles) in this past weekend for a clicking sound in first and reverse (at low speeds), and a groaning from the steering. They diagnosed a bad wheel bearing for the groaning, and gave us a print out of a TSB claiming 'piston slap' for the clicking, claiming it was normal.
Well, two days later the car wouldn't shift out of drive (or shift at all), and now it's dead in the shop while we fight for a NEW not rebuilt transmission. At least with MajorGuard we have another van that'll hold all of the car seats!
Any suggestions for how to handle this? Will a repair really fix the problem??
#763 of 1617 Heater fixed
Jan 28, 2004 (6:10 pm)
Although there were no replies to my earlier message, I thought I would share my heater resolution with everyone. The mode switch was not working (floor, vent, defrost, etc..) Dealer diagnosed a leaking vacuum hose under the dash. They said they took the dash apart to find it and charged me $130, but I wonder if they really did. I also asked them to check the operation of the thermostat since the temp gauge always ran on the cool side and the heater would never "burn you out". It was defective and I had them change it for $188 (high, but a nightmare on these vans). I also had them do a coolant flush for $90 since I'm pushing the 5 yr mark on my 2000. It was a $400+ day, but the heater works well now and the temp gauge reads about the 3/8 mark when warm.
Jan 28, 2004 (10:35 pm)
having replaced my van's shocks and not tightening the upper bolt sufficiently myself, it does indeed make a loud knocking noise. very easy to tighten up if you have a large socket and a 10" extension. I'd bet that's what it is, exsp. since it quiets down with a load.
good luck -
ps. finally replaced my michenlins with a fresh set at 96K (I'm thinking they were original equip on 98 olds?) They wore like iron. New ones also rated at 60k miles.
Drove to Austin and back, avgd about 57mph even with some city driving and got 23.5 mpg even using the AC (winter is warm here usually)
#765 of 1617 759 for Just4fun2
Feb 02, 2004 (10:58 am)
Thank you for that bulletin of 01-08-66-009 or NHTSA.org #627619. There is also a bulletin 02-08-59-003 10/2002 which is NHTSA.org #10000163 for the rearend rattle on the Venture. GM can't figure out what it is other than structual but not a driveabality problem or a threat to the safety of the truck eventhough they don't know what it is.
Feb 02, 2004 (1:22 pm)
Is it GM or the dealer that can't find the noise. If it is the dealer, try another one, if it is GM, ask them why they won't try the service fix procedure, that's what there for. Good luck!
#768 of 1617 Crashed my 2000 Silo but I'm OK...
Feb 03, 2004 (8:57 am)
Two weeks ago I went to visit my mom in Wisconsin and lost control on a county highway on some black ice sliding into a ditch and then hit a culvert at about 40 mph causing me to go airborne about 15+ feet over a driveway and landing upright on the other side.
Thank God that no one else was with me because they would have been seriously injured whereas I lucked out without a scratch except for a slight bruise below my right rib from the seat belt.
My Silo wasn't so lucky. Got about $7000 of damage, mostly underneath the van when I hit the top of the drain pipe in the culvert. Major items needing replacement are the engine cradle, radiator, a/c evaporator, front bumper, struts, right front fender, both front wheel spindles with brakes, 3 of 4 wheels and so on....
My question to you guys is what should I do after my Silo is repaired. Should I keep it and hope it's OK or should I get rid of it assuming that it will not be as safe as before the accident?
Your opinions will be greatly appreciated.... Paulie