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#201 of 268 1999 Chevy Venture Driver Information Center Repair.
Mar 12, 2011 (6:50 am)
1999 Chevy Venture Driver Information Center Repair.
I researched and finally found a fix for non functioning Driver Information Center.
The solution was similar to that found for similar modules on other brands of vehicles.
Remove the Driver Information Center Module
(See GM manual for procedure)
Push back clips from black housing box and carefully remove circuit board
Place circuit card flat on table.
Place display and component side of circuit board facing up
Rotate circuit board so the display module side is facing you
There are button switches on either side of the display module
Look at the right button switch.
Next to it just left and above are four 1/4" X 1/8" black components attached to the circuit board
They are marked 430, 430, 820 and 820 reading from top to bottom.
These are resistors with 43 and 82 ohm values.
On the two modules I have repaired the problem was with the top most resistor. It is marked 430 and is 1/2" above and 1/4" to the left of the right button switch. The soldering to the circuit board had fractured. I resoldered the resistor into place using a bit of solder and 15 Watt pencil soldering iron.
The problem is NOT the black spot on the display in the upper left corner
The problem is NOT the DC to DC converter modules.
Why does it come loose?
I believe the resistor was part of the circuit which supplied power to the display module plates.
The resistor came loose due to the metallurgy of solder. The solder often is a mixture of tin and lead. The tin is more strongly attracted to the copper in the circuit board than the lead is attracted. When hot, when within 10% of melting temperature (resistors designed to run hot), the tin near the circuit board face will move. Having moved there is stress in the solder at the locations where it left. These holes create high stress in the solder structure, this leads to a fracture staight across the mounting face of the resistor as smooth and complete as if a knife cut the resistor loose. This only happens in designs which allow parts to heat to values close to the melting point of the solder. This rarely would happen in the past before surface mounted components. The cure would be higher temperature solder, cooler running parts, avoiding flat straight mounting interfaces, etc. Reheating the joint sets it right for a while.
Chevy Venture 1999
Driver Information Center
VFD Vacuum Fluorescent Display
Futuba VA3527 2-BT-225GN
Mar 19, 2011 (7:40 pm)
Hi. My grandparents own a 2003 Mazda MPV. How many oxygen sensors do they have? I am trying to see if we can find someone to do a cheaper job since they don't have much money and the one garage is telling them just for the 3 sensors it will cost them $240...thanks,
#203 of 268 Electrical problem-power sliding door, overhead lights, rear windsh. wiper
Mar 21, 2011 (3:19 pm)
I have a 2004 Chev. Venture. Several months ago my interior overhead lights went out, the next day the power sliding side door stopped working & about the same time my rear windshield wiper quit working as well. Fuses have been changed...that's not the problem. Anyone have any ideas?
#204 of 268 Malfunctioning taillights
Mar 25, 2011 (2:15 pm)
Okay so here's something strange. I have replaced every signal and parking light, side light bulb in my 98 venture van. Everything works great until it needs the headlights on. Once the headlights are on, the left rear signals fluctuate with the left rear brake lights. It just won't do this during daylight driving. I have ask the mechanics at work and their response is that one of my bulbs has a filament that disconnects and crosses over. I say no. Why would all the signals work fine during daylight driving but then go into a crossing mode at night time.
#205 of 268 Re: battery/electrical [kwatson11]
May 11, 2011 (5:52 pm)
I think I have the same thing going on with my 02 Venture. What is that connector box called, and where did you get one?
#206 of 268 Re: battery/electrical [wdf73]
May 11, 2011 (6:01 pm)
Im not sure what its called but you hafta get it from the dealer it ran me about 100 dollars for both pieces. all i know is it goes through the floor board behind the drivers seat and connects back by the gas tank. I had a shop do the work but if you get under the van and find these connectors and mess with them while someone turns the ignigtion then you can determine if thats it
Jun 06, 2011 (2:43 pm)
i have a chevy venture 1999 bought a book to locate the flasher hazard switch an its not where the book says any suggestions.... my turn signals dont work at all it says to the left of the steering column an i looked even pulled the panel under the steering column any ideas
#208 of 268 Venture with a grand am 3.4 engine won't start
Jun 06, 2011 (3:21 pm)
Here we go. My brother in law and I put a 2002 3.4 engine in a 2000 venture. All is back together but when you go to start it up you turn the key and the headlights go out. Gear indicator is never lit on the cluster and calabration error is on the radio. On the cluster is goes from flashing battery to security. The vehicle will not read any codes as though it is locked out. The engine was originally from california and was put into a east coast van but we stripped every down and replaced mostly everything, help me please.
#209 of 268 Re: chevy 1999 [ephraimb]
Jun 06, 2011 (11:15 pm)
The flasher is way up behind the instrument clusters above the steering wheel. You need a flashlight to see it, it's kinda white or ivory toward the engine compartment. That's where it's at on my 2000 Venture.
#210 of 268 Re: Venture with a grand am 3.4 engine won't start [cujocece]
Jun 06, 2011 (11:34 pm)
It's not as easy as working on older cars with onboard computers, that's where I would start because the original engines is programmed into the PCM. Why it can tell the difference I don't know. You say you got the Grand-Am engine from California, did you use your vans parts on this engine block or Grand-Am? which is probably set up with California Emissions Standard. Does the vans parts fit on the grand-am block? I once put a 1976 block in a 1984 LTD that had throttlebody injection, I rebuilt the 76 but put the 84 intake, heads and electrical. I had one problem, the 84 had a thermactor or smog pump, it ran but smoked like a freight train. I eventually got rid of it, didn't have the time and money to put in it because it became a money pit.