Last post on Sep 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM
You are in the Chevy Venture
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Venture, Lights, Electrical, Van
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#148 of 268 in need of help here!!!!..please!!!!!!!!
Aug 14, 2009 (3:20 pm)
i have a 1998 venture ls.about a month ago the car died while driving it and wouldnt start(starter didnt even try)and the battery was dead.charged the battery and took it to autozone. said bad battery so i replaced it.1 hour drive time and dead battery again so i took it back, and bad alternator they say.so i replaced it.(made sure to buy the delco 140 or 145 amp cant remember) about 1 hour drive time later battery dead again.. so off to the dealer for a test. they say it is the pcm (transmisson section 800 dollars) so i found the same pcm (same chevy pcm and part number...brand new) they asked for my vin number for programming and stamped vin on it.(it is correct) and still keep killing the battery. it is almost like the alternator is not coming on. when i have it running and i disconnect all leads to the alternator i only get about 2.3 volts at the post(and no dummy lights come on). also you can watch the voltage while at idle on a meter go down about 1 tenth of a volt at a time(30 seconds) until about 5volts where it just dies. i removed the ground and cleaned it on the wheel well by the battery and removed and cleaned all connections at the starter.. someone please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!....i needpointed in some direction... i am out of ideas!!!
#149 of 268 Re: please help me!!!!.....need some smart people!!!! [koolsmoker28]
Aug 18, 2009 (4:53 am)
it sounds like you blew out the fuse inside that little box on top of the battery . if that is ok then check your fuses in the passenger compartment when you open the passenger door.
#150 of 268 Re: 2000 Venture-some days works, some days dies (not battery) [chelmarsie]
Aug 18, 2009 (7:56 am)
just wanted to say we bought a new battery and have had no more problems with it stalling or not starting. But of course now we are having tons of other problems (mostly electrical) and also when I had to have a tire repaired, they found my air shocks are leaking (so now we have to get that repaired). I wish I could get rid of this van before it costs me a fortune, and get a newer reliable vehicle (Toyota would be my first choice! no more ventures!). I have heard many people have so many problems w/the venture after 4-5 years.
A few times now when I put it in drive it won't go...feels like it is struggling, like I am riding through tons of mud (or something is stuck under the wheel) but then it finally goes. Very weird problem.
#151 of 268 Re: please help me!!!!.....need some smart people!!!! [mrpipes]
Aug 19, 2009 (3:23 am)
i did check the fuses located on the battery(all seem ok)..but did not check them inside the vehicle....i keep being told either a bad ground(somewhere) or a hot wire grounding out(could be anywhere).. and thank you for the information i will check them tonight and will take any other ideas or advice if anyone has them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#152 of 268 Re: radio changes volume [jhd]
Aug 19, 2009 (2:36 pm)
If it is the OEM radio your have an aout volume button on the lower right hand side of the radio. this is a feature that automaticly adjusts the volume to compinsate for road noise. if you dont like the feature hit the button (auto Volume) and it will stop.
#153 of 268 97 Chevy Venture dash gauges not working
Aug 26, 2009 (4:07 am)
Our 97 Chevy Venture has all of the gauges on the dashboard stop working. We have had it fixed only to have it stop in a week and a half. This has happened 3 times. Does anyone have any suggestions?
#154 of 268 Re: 97 Chevy Venture dash gauges not working [jbartik]
Aug 26, 2009 (6:57 am)
I'd be curious to know what it is you had fixed the first time. I've had the same problem with my 2000 and never did find out what was causing the problem. It used to be internittent, now the lights are off permanently. As a bypass, I shunted a wire across the interior light switch in the ceiling console and now turn them on or off with that switch.
#155 of 268 tail lights and liscense plate lights
Oct 02, 2009 (3:24 pm)
I see Ventures have quite a bit a electrical problems. I am having similar problems with tail lights overheating the bulb sockets. What is the solution? though it didn't look like the license plate lights are over heating. I have a 2002 venture
#156 of 268 Re: tail lights and liscense plate lights [lb71]
Oct 02, 2009 (4:25 pm)
Smoother the end of the bulb and socket with di-electric grease. That worked for me.
#157 of 268 Re: tail lights and liscense plate lights [rlp50]
Oct 04, 2009 (10:02 pm)
thanks there I will try it out