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#160 of 170 2002 GMC Safari Brake/Stop Light and Turn Signal Both Blow Fuses
Jun 14, 2010 (4:45 pm)
I have a 2002 GMC Safari van. My wife went outside to try to start but it would not start. She tried a little while later and still would not start. I tried a few hours later and she said she pushes down on the gas to start so I thought that was the issue since it is electronic fuel injection.
When I started it up the turn signals would not work and I found that fuses 1 and 16 were both blown. I researched the issue and thought it was the multi-function switch so I bought a new one off of eBay from a reputable guy who had old dealer stock. It looked brand new. I installed after a very difficult process and when I pressed on the brake pedal it blew the fuse again. Putting the turn signals on also blows the other #16 fuse after blinking on and off for 3-4 iterations.
I removed all the dual filament bulbs and the top brake light and pressed on the brake pedal and that also caused the #1 fuse to blow.
I removed the brake signal switch and opened it up gently and made sure the front two contacts would be coming open prior to the last contact touching. Everything looked good in there.
The van does have a connection for trailer lights and brake controller. I reviewed those and they are all clean.
I removed the top brake light and everything looks clean there too. The resistors all look good.
I opened the sliding door just in case something was shorted in in there as well but that had no effect.
Any suggestions on how to test the actual connector sockets into which the bulbs reside?
I really thought it would be the multi-function switch but that was not it. Please ask anyone you know who may be able to help on this one as have a $4,000 boat anchor right now.
#161 of 170 96 Astro Van Transmission
Aug 24, 2010 (2:06 pm)
The transmission went out in my 96 Astro Van (reverse and 2nd gear). It had about 260,000 miles on it. I picked up one at a junkyard today (from the same year van) but had a quick question. The guys I had to deal with were a real PAIN, and were pulling all kinds of CRUD since I'm a woman. They said I'd have to have the transmission reprogrammed/reset, and if I didn't it wouldn't work right. Now, I've messed with several transmissions, but all older stuff...like 67 & 70 Mustangs and a 68 Cougar---never any of this "new stuff"...... Were they telling the truth, or just trying to pull one of my already long legs?? Would someone please let me know. I can't seem to find anything about it online, but just wanted to double check.
#162 of 170 Re: 96 Astro Van Transmission [carmen72]
Aug 24, 2010 (3:27 pm)
just pulling your leg; swap it and go
#163 of 170 Re: 1999 Astro Blown TRANS Fuse w Trouble codes shift prob [ceramicat]
Nov 01, 2010 (5:06 pm)
Did you ever find out what was wrong? I have a 2000 astro and your story reads almost exactly to what mine is doing right now. I have replaced the computer, throttle position sensor, speed sensor, engine coolant temp sensor, and even put new ends on all the grounds. I had my tranny rebuilt about 7 months ago and the shop tested the transmission as well, but the tranny keeps going into safe mode, which only lets it run in second and third gear. I have run out of ideas of what else to do to try and fix it. Please let me know how your van turned so i can at least know what direction to try next. Thank you.
#164 of 170 astro transmission changes late
Dec 22, 2010 (6:42 pm)
1995 astro changes all gears at high rpm. Rebuilt trans but engine has to rev higher than should to change. When it warms up it does better but should change quicker. What wd cause this?
Mar 04, 2011 (7:02 am)
I have a 97 astro van (2 wheel drive ) that started leaking fluid from where the cooling lines go into the radiator. I had to drive the car so I kept on adding fluid to it so it didn't run out. I only had to drive it a short distance but in that time it started it started to slip. There is so much fluid all over there front of the engine and front suspension that its hard to see where its actually leaking from. The upper line is clean so I figure its the lower line. How do I fix this? Do I need to replace the entire line? did I mess up the trans by running it and if so is that an easy fix? I dont have alot of $ right now and need this van for transportation. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Mar 09, 2011 (3:04 pm)
Ive got a 98 astrovan, and when the temperature outside is above 40degrees the van slams into second gear. when its freezing out its fine? any help??
#167 of 170 Re: Trans problems [canuheminow]
Mar 09, 2011 (3:19 pm)
Like most 2 x hoses in the same location (especially of older age), when one blows, the other one blows soon after. With this in mind, if you replace 1 hose, I would replace both. Especially if you plan to keep your van longer.
To clean the oil off the eninge / transmission, do investigae GUNK. I use this stuff on my motors and it works great. re: http://www.gunk.com/prod_photo.asp
Hope this helps...
#168 of 170 Re: Reply to wasabi3 & ej99 re Trans Hard Shift [cormier]
Jul 17, 2011 (2:24 am)
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