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GMC Safari, Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari Cargo, Van
#120 of 170 Reverse Won't Work
Apr 28, 2008 (6:21 pm)
Last Thursday I put my 2001 Chevy Astro Van (All Wheel Drive) in Reverse, but instead of going in Reverse, it wouldn't move, the engine just revs, it does make a slight whiny noise, but it just wont go in Reverse. All the other gears seem to work, but it does seem to drive a little slower in Drive. Checked transmission fluid hot, needed about 1/2 pint, still no reverse. Any suggestions my friends? Thanks!
#121 of 170 Re: 94 Astro doesn't want to upshift from 1st to 2nd [rikkilee2000]
May 08, 2008 (6:51 am)
My Chevy van is performing like your ASTRO. What was corrected on your van to fix the problem?
#122 of 170 Re: 94 Astro doesn't want to upshift from 1st to 2nd [nwraaa]
May 08, 2008 (7:24 am)
Hello! I have done nothing to it I still drive it everyday, it still has the same problem when and if it puts me down I will deal with it. Good luck with yours!
#123 of 170 Re: Reverse Won't Work [maztro]
Aug 13, 2008 (8:43 am)
Hey, the same exact thing is happening to my 2003 Astro. What did you end up doing to resolve this? I would sure appreciate hearing what you did. Thank you!
#124 of 170 Re: 94 Astro doesn't want to upshift from 1st to 2nd [rikkilee2000]
Aug 17, 2008 (7:06 pm)
Did you ever find a solution to this problem? If so, was it something other than getting a trans overhaul?
Thanks for any help with this.
#125 of 170 Re: Reply to wasabi3 & ej99 re Trans Hard Shift [cormier]
Sep 09, 2008 (12:32 pm)
So i have the exact same problem. i just got this van. its very depressing.
did you fix your problem?
can you please please help me?
astro 2000 jerks from 1st to second
#126 of 170 Re: Reply to wasabi3 & ej99 re Trans Hard Shift [pfdavidz]
Sep 10, 2008 (2:25 pm)
I spoke to a transmission shop and he told me that this is a very common problem with these Chevy transmissions when they reach about 110,000 miles. He told me he keeps about 10 of them in stock all the time, he knew exactly what I was talking about (losing 2nd, reverse and overdrive). I can't remember exactly what he said it was that happened but something broke and if it's a clean break it is about $850-$900 to fix. I have been driving mine fine while saving the money to fix. People get a little irritated if they are behind me because of the slow start, but oh well, I can still get around!
#127 of 170 1995 GMC Safari RWD
Sep 30, 2008 (4:55 am)
i have a 95 Safari it runs good for about 10 mins then i lose power to the motor sounds like crap after i park it for a hour then i can drive it agen for nother 10 mins then the same what should i do
#128 of 170 2000 GMC Safari Passenger Van
Nov 17, 2008 (9:51 am)
I purchased my second GMC Safari Van, July of 2004. At the time, it only had 54,000 miles on it. A few weeks after I began driving it, I could not get it to shift into "park". I was told the bolts on the transmission were loose, and had it fixed.
At 97,000 miles, I made a 1000 mile trip, to check on my 91 yr. old Mother who was not doing well, in a Nursing home. When I returned, I noticed that I had a whirring noise in the rear of the van. When I took it to the dealer (I always have the dealer do everything to it, and had an extended warranty, as well, which expired) 3 of their mechanics drove it, I went along and was told there was nothing wrong, by 2 of them, The 3rd, who is a transmission specialist, thought he should open the transmission and check it. When he did, he said the transmission fluid was "foaming"?? I have never heard that term before. We agreed to have him replace filters and seals and a "tailhanger" bracket, and $409.00 later, I drove it out of the dealership, and it seemed more "quiet" than it was originally. 2 weeks later, I hear the same noise, and even though I can't really tell if it is shifting any differently, the noise is annoying, and I'm debating whether I should bring it back and have them check anything else on it? Thank you for whatever advise you can provide me. I am a senior citizen, and don't know that much about vehicles, nor can I afford much in repairs, on a fixed income. Could they have missed the actual problem? I'm wondering if new tires could solve the noise problem, since mine are 3 yrs. old and getting low on tread...Michelins. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#129 of 170 Re: 1995 GMC Safari RWD [vernon1978]
Nov 17, 2008 (9:59 am)
Hello Vernon...I had a 1995 Safari, the EGR Valve and the Radiator gave me
problems. I had the radiator repaired, but couldn't afford the EGR valve, so I was told to have the engine cleaned, which I did. After that, it began to blow white smoke, but a friend at work, who also owned a 1995, told me to invest in a tank of High Test gas, to clean the engine of residue from the cleaner that was used. Once I burned a tank of the highest grade fuel, the white smoke disappeard and it ran like a champ! Perhaps your van is only asking for a Steak, instead of the hot dogs we normally put in there, in the form of cheap gas, which doesn't burn the deposits off the plugs and fouls the engines faster. I know, "gas is gas" but a good mechanic told me once, to use 2/1 ration....two tanks of regular to one tank of High grade, if I want it to keep running better. Good luck, I hope that helps.