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#17 of 35 Re: Chevrolet Venture Water Leaks [rickter1]
Sep 07, 2008 (6:27 am)
I have a 2004 Chevrolet Venture. Noticed the rain leak after heavy rains in California and it continued in Virginia. Things I did and it helped were:
THE VENT OPENINGS REFERRED TO ARE THE ONES OUTSIDE, UNDER THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS-NOTE THEY ARE FACING STRAIGHT UP WITH STANDARD HOME SCREEN, NOTHING TO STOP WATER
1. check the plastic piece that fits around the bottom of your windshield. Mine was lifting away and provided the water a straight shot through into the vent. Purchased windshield caulk from auto store and applied liberally where the plastic and glass met.
2. I tried putting a small piece of plastic under the vent openings. I honestly believe it was minimal in effectiveness but still, it was something.
Before I continue, the windshield caulk did very well. We did not have the problem again until tropical storm Hannah hit. There was so much rain it wen right through the vent opening itself. My fix:
seal off the top portion of the vent leavving a small piece open at the bottom to allow for some air flow. (for example duct tape -color matched as closely as possible- can be used) This will allow the water to now flow around the vent and not into it. I have also completely sealed the vents and still had hot/cold air coming in. I am planning on partially closing off the vent as mentioned using a spacer at the bottom of the vent to allow for air, not water to flow.
Other things to look for would be all around the bottom of the windshield, body work. check for teh foam sealer that should be there. If it looks like it needs to be sealed, caulk it. I was worried about looks when I first started on this issue, but now it is a matter of function over form. All teh above steps can be completed and still not look too bad. just take your time with it, plan it out, execute. best of luck.
#18 of 35 Re: Chevrolet Venture Water Leaks [the_ug]
Sep 11, 2008 (1:10 pm)
That fix did not work in heavy downpour. standard rain it was fine. We had a deluge the other night and there was more rain in the van. Next idea is going to be:
Take out the dash to the point where I can see the ductwork. Run a hose over the windshield attempting to create my own flooding situation and see if I can determine where the problem is coming from. I personally believe the water found a way under the plastic cowl and into the vent, my gut reaction is to try the following procedure.
Stripping off all window caulk and other fixes. Remove windshield wipers and plastic cowl cover (you will need more body panel clips to reinstall). Inside the large vent openings, I plan to cut a slit/drill holes to provide drainage for water that may enter the vent. I will also be shaping the metal a bit in order to facilitate better drainage.
After the drainage holes are made, I will seal off the entire topside of the vent. The large openings will be covered and sealed in place with polyurethane adhesive. What about the air? the drain holes made will also serve as an added air flow. It may not be the way the vehicle was designed to work, but the original design is obviously flawed. I will post results of this procedure so anyone interested in the issue can stay advised.
#19 of 35 Re: 1998 Venture Window problems both windows [pjw73nh]
Nov 01, 2008 (8:44 pm)
How did this fix work? I have the same problem and will need to replace the motor...I think. I've already replaced the switch once, but the left side window is soooo slow and stops sometimes. I'm thinking I need to replace the motor but don't have the special tool J-38864. I'd like to know how things went with your repair and what advice you can give me with my repair.
#20 of 35 buzzer in rear of van
Nov 15, 2008 (4:57 pm)
I have a buzzer going off in the rear of the van when it is put in gear. There is no indicator light or message to go with it , so I am at a loss as to what it is. Anyone?
#21 of 35 Chevy Venture 1998 power sliding door noisy
Nov 15, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I own a Chevy Venture 1998 and have the power sliding door making a big noise when the vehicule is running. I pull out the panel and I saw that the plastic yoyo that rewind back and foward the cable in back side are broken. The power motor are conect to this plastic gear and the back side have a support guide into a metalic hole and are broken. The gear are dancing into the cavity and making a lot of hard noise while car is in movement. Where can I find this part and how I disconect the tension wire that move the door to replace this part?
#22 of 35 Door won't LOCK. 2000 Chevy Venture
Jun 09, 2009 (10:09 am)
Front Passenger side door is in the UNlocked position and the lock won't budge.
Neither of the two internal lock buttons will lock it, nor will the key fob button lock it.
I've attempted to manipulate the little black lever on the inside of the door handle but it stays put and only indicates the red-tinged area indicating its 'unlocked' status.
It doesn't really interfere with the vehicle's operation in anyway. All the other doors lock. Its just I can't lock the right front door and I don't like it that way!
Anyone have any ideas?
#23 of 35 Re: 1998 Venture Window problems both windows [polebendaz]
Jun 24, 2009 (2:04 pm)
I have found that if it's working but slowly then apply a good lube in the track inside the door. Not WD40 either because it will just wear away.
#24 of 35 Re: Door won't LOCK. 2000 Chevy Venture [fleastiff]
Jun 29, 2009 (7:57 am)
it may be messy, but spray some engine degreaser on the lock with the door open and wash it good. You need to get some spray white litheum grease to spray in it when your finished.
does the other electrical things in your door still work?
check all the wires going to the door lock actuator. If you had a meter the readings across the wires would be 12v for lock and then reverse for unlock. some vehicles wont lock unless the latch is made. so take a screwdriver and manually latch the door latch with the door open and see if the lock can move then.
#25 of 35 Re: Sliding door hard to open on Venture? Why [gcourage]
Jul 02, 2009 (8:24 am)
we had the same problem on our 2003 Venture. First time it was the cable. You can see it in the door track, when the door is open. The plastic/rubber casing over the cable was badly frayed causing the door to struggle. Replaced it, that cable cost a fortune too, then its been an issue about every six months.
#26 of 35 Re: Chevrolet Venture Water Leaks [rickter1]
Sep 30, 2010 (12:35 pm)
I have this exact same problem with my 2004 Chevy Venture. We have had the windshield resealed and still no luck. Im afraid we are going to ruin our fuse box. Im hoping you resolved this issue? Any help would be much appreciated.