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#3 of 14 Re: Leaking oil pan on '02 Chevy Venture 3.4L [wrenchin_karz]
Mar 13, 2007 (6:43 am)
I have a 1999 Venture, which I have owned for 8 months. (Was a gift from my sister)I have the same problems with it. Was told by one of them "Jiffy lube" guys that the back oil pan gaskets need replacing. Several shops have quoted me over a grand to fix this. (I have not had it fixed yet, cannot afford it) Now there is water & coolant leaking and it overheats! There is no warranty and my sister is still paying on it. When she first drove it up to me, it had a sensor light on all the time saying "low coolant." My sister said that the dealership told her that it was only a bad sensor and that it only needed replacing. She drove it off the lot anyway, because she was told that replacing the sensor is not very expensive. I feel my sister has bought a lemon for 10 grand.
#4 of 14 Re: Leaking oil pan on '02 Chevy Venture 3.4L [wrenchin_karz]
Mar 13, 2007 (11:54 am)
Thanks for replying. It sounds like you probably have bad intake manifold gasket. I have a 00 Grand Prix and the low coolant light came on. I added some coolant not thinking I might have had a bigger problem. About 6 months later, I took it into the shop for another problem and they told me I had a warped intake manifold (as well as a leaking intake manifold gasket). Cost me about $1500. Luckily for me, GM issued a recall on the 3.8L V6 in that car and I got that money back.
My actual problem was with one of those Fram easy oil change plugs (where you remove the cap and screw on a special fitting w/tube connected. Once in place, the fitting automatically opens up and begins draining the oil. This fitting was leaking around rubber gasket. I had the shop replace it w/a regular oil plug and so far have had no more oil leaks. What a relief as just under a year ago I had to have the intake manifold gasket along with the head gasket replaced ($2200). I'm very happy when it's something simple like that. The price was $25 labor plus cost for Mobil 1 Synthetic oil and a Napa Gold Filter (I purchase these and asked the shop to use them, which they agreed to). So just an expensive oil change.
I would definitely take it in and hope it is just the intake manifold gasket and not something more (hopefully not head gasket). If you do it sooner than later, you may minimize the damage.
#5 of 14 Re: Leaking oil pan on '02 Chevy Venture 3.4L [neustkg]
Mar 13, 2007 (7:50 pm)
I have a similar problem with a few drops of oil on the floor each morning from the oil pan. I can't see any trail of oil from high up, but this weekend I did see one of the pan bolt with oil on it, so I think it may be the pan gasket leaking around that bolt. . . I had wondered about the potentially porous cast aluminum pan, but that seems a little crazy.
Other than the couple drops over night, the '99 van uses no oil at 104k miles.
#6 of 14 Re: Leaking oil pan on '02 Chevy Venture 3.4L [sharkeym]
Mar 13, 2007 (7:53 pm)
I also have a 99 Venture. I had a similar problem for years, where coolant level would slowly drop. But I never had any evidence that it was leaking into the engine. I finally spotted where it was leaking from the intake manifold gasket to the outside of the engine. It is a common problem to for the intake manifold gaskets to fail on these engines. I finally had mine replaced, for fear of a leak developing to the inside and ruining the engine. It cost me nearly $1k to have the job done.
If the dealership told her it was a sensor problem, they were likely deceiving her. You can read about this problem all over this forum, going back a number of years.
#7 of 14 chevy venture oil leak
Mar 13, 2007 (8:47 pm)
2001 Chevy Venture
I have an oil leak in the front of the engine left side over the starter. The leak is only when the engine is running and is a solid stream ~ 3/16". It does not appear to be coming from the pressure sending unit. Does not appear to be coming from any gaskets or valve cover. Do the ventures have any exterior oil hoses, like to an oil cooler? Is the location of the oil pressure sending unit over the starter? It is very difficult to see exactly where it is coming from.
#8 of 14 manifold gasket leak
Apr 18, 2007 (6:38 am)
I have had a slow intake manifold leak for the last couple years on my '00 venture. I have never seen any coolant in the engine oil. I keep reading about engines being ruined from this defect. Is it possible that my leak is only external(which it appears to be), or is the coolant destined to reach the engine eventually? How much should I expect to pay for this repair? Thanks.
#9 of 14 Re: manifold gasket leak [kayfuslee]
Apr 18, 2007 (11:33 am)
I think you should get the gasket replaced soon. I had it replaced on my '02 Venture (may not have really needed it -- they later diagnosed the leak coming from the head gasket) and my '00 Pontiac Grand Prix. If you let it go too long like I did, you could end up w/a warped intake manifold (grand prix), which costs much more. I think I paid something like $1000 to $1100 for the intake manifold gasket on the Venture (can't exactly remember). There is quite a bit of labor involved to get to it (not as much as the head gasket, though). But I would get it taken care of. Keep the receipts as there might be a recall. I was refunded for the Grand Prix as there was a recall issued for the 3.8L V-6 fasteners. They refunded the cost of the gasket, new intake manifold, and labor.
#10 of 14 Incline Oil Leak 98 Venture
Aug 23, 2007 (8:55 am)
Ok I have a driveway that is at about a 50 degree angle when I back down and park on the incline to hitch up my boat I have a bad oil leak. I took it to the shop spent $900.00 for oil pan gasket, sensor, rear seal, and filter seal. Took home and I still have the leak. Anyone else have this problem and did you fix it. By the way it has a 120,000 miles on it.
#11 of 14 03 Chevy Venture Oil Level Low
Jan 11, 2009 (8:50 pm)
03 Venture, 93K miles on it. Bought used and in good condition about a year ago with 80K miles or so on it. Just recently I had my oil changed in a place called MGM Oil in south Jersey. Great place with quick oil change and I used them for years. In this recent oil change yesterday, they told me that they could not find a reading on the dip stick when they were checking for the oil level just before changing the oil. This kind of scared me, I hope this does not mean I have the common problem for this engine the gasket needing to be replaced? I do treat my Venture well, and I do take care of it. I will keep an eye on the oil level, but how can I tell before running into a bigger problem, I never find any oil leaks under the van, the van runs fine.
#12 of 14 Recall -- Venture Intake Manifold Gasket ???
Jan 24, 2009 (11:28 am)
Anyone know if GM has issued a recall on problems with leaking Intake Manifold Gaskets ??
Searching the web...there seems to be a TON of complaints about this....