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#25 of 405 possible head gasket blown-trade in or sell??
Jul 23, 2012 (4:21 am)
We have had some bad luck recently with our 2003 Chevy Venture LT with 83,000 miles on it. We bought it in 2008 with 42,000 miles on it and paid to have a really nice DVD system put in it. We have had very little problems. We have had to replace both wheel bearings and have had an issue with an a/c line leak. Other than that the van was great and we loved it. Unfortunately while I was on the highway the other day the temp gauge got up to almost red and I smelled coolant so pulled over quickly and shut van off. There was a engine hot code that came up too but don't remember exactly what it said. My husband came and took a look at it. There was coolant on the ground so he added coolant even though he couldn't find where it was leaking from. We got almost back to our exit and had to pull off again b/c it started over heating again and then didn't start anymore. Long story short, we ended up paying to have it towed to our house. After later inspection of oil pan my husband said he saw coolant in there. Which led him to believe the head gasket blew. My husband has always done the repairs on our vehicles including replacing a motor in my old 98 Jeep Cherokee which to this day is still running for someone else...I was wondering if anyone agrees with my husband on this. He feels its not worth fixing and we need to buy something else. Here's the big issue, we still owe $2000 on it! Don't know if any auto dealer will accept it as a trade. We would have to tow it there and hate to have the negative equity rolled on to new vehicle. I did a Kelly Blue Book estimate on it's worth before the head gasket situation and it said it was worth around $6000. Didn't know if trying to sell it out right to someone mechically savvy would be the way to go but still would have to roll negative equity into newer vehicle. Any advice or opinions appreciated. Thanks! FYI my husband said we are never buying a Chevy again! Looking at Dodge and Chrysler vans, both more money than we want to spend, of course!!!
#26 of 405 chevys overheating
Jul 26, 2012 (7:36 pm)
I am a shadetree mechanic. I am so proud that I decided to do the headgasket job on my 2002 chevy venture (I am the original owner). I did the job back in Jan 2011. most of the work is done from the top (except unbolting the exhaust pipe from the engine). take your time, GM gasket, new GM head bolts, and a good torque wrench, and about $20 in some speciality sockets (low clearance 10mm, and some deep sockets) that were not part of my husky set from Home Depot. Take your time, and torque according to GM specs. also get the heads machined and cleaned to remove the warp. If your van has been so good, (as mine has been), give it a chance and repair it. as it's worth about $200. Also yours was used, and who knows what the previous owner did to it. Mine overheated because of a leaky water pump. I was sick for a few years, and the wife ignored the issue. Plenty of how to's on youtube. the job took me 25 hours total and cost $450 for the gasket set, bolts, O rings, plugs & wires. resurfacing the heads cost $250 on top of this price. I know my engine is good now, and I have no problem taking my van anywhere.
#27 of 405 Re: possible head gasket blown-trade in or sell?? [chevyvanowner]
Aug 28, 2012 (5:04 pm)
I had the same problem what it is these engines are pron to leak at the intake manifold i did the work my self & had heads redone also but the leak was in the intake manifold gasket i did the work with only a few tools 4 p-t days to take apart 4 p-t days to reassemble it's a lot of work but saved 2200 dollars.
#28 of 405 Re: possible head gasket blown-trade in or sell?? [chevyvanowner]
Aug 31, 2012 (3:27 pm)
I have been nursing my '00 Venture's(115k) head gasket leak for 2 years now. 4 yrs ago I had the intake manifold gasket replaced. Having the head gasket replaced for 2k was more than I could bare. Every 6 months or so I put in Bar's head gasket sealer(the one where you have to drain the anti freeze, not merely add to it). It's like a fibrous liquid with bits of a copper looking metal. I have been driving it locally this way for about 20k miles. The oil has been visibly ok, but I do have to add a small amount of coolant half way between my sealer treatments(if I want it at the correct level). But I probably could make it the full 6 months without adding. So although it seems not to be a "like new" fix, it can keep the car going to get back and forth from work if it's your only option. And as I found out the hard way, make sure you burp the air out of the system when refilling the coolant or she'll overheat. Also, do not use that orange dex-cool crap. That's the stuff that got us all in this mess in the first place. I'd like to add, for the first time in 2 yrs I took the car out of state this month on 2 separate 400 mi round trips. I held my breath and kept one eye on the temp gauge waiting for disaster. It made it home. But I saw and smelled anti freeze in my driveway and thought I finally blew that gasket out. Turned out the water pump started leaking, and probably while I was driving home.
#29 of 405 CHECK ENGINE SOON COME'S ON AN GOES OFF
Dec 14, 2012 (11:29 am)
I NEED HELP MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON STAY'S ON FOR A WHILE THEN GOES OFF AN DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO PLZ HELP
#30 of 405 Re: CHECK ENGINE SOON COME'S ON AN GOES OFF [maryusa]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Dec 15, 2012 (5:14 pm)
Any time your Check Engine lights comes on, it will store a code in the vehicle's main computer. Many places, such as AutoZone parts stores, will read the computer codes for free and you can then review the codes online.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
#32 of 405 High Idle with 2000 Venture
May 12, 2009 (7:50 am)
I have a high idle problem with my 2000 venture extend van; Here is some history:
Van has had the problem with the bucking transmission. Shut the vehicle off, and then it acts fine. I know I need to have the transmission modules replaced. However, this problem has stopped for some time.
Now the vehicle idle increases to 3k or higher. I noticed that most of the time it will idle normal when I start it, but will increase in idle when I shift into gear.
Iíve shot W2 along the hoses to find a vacuum leak, but found nothing.
Repair History: I did the lower intake manifold gasket myself last year and replace plugs & wires, water pump, injector o-rings, and a few other things. Iíve had the dealer replace the IAC two times.
Because the high idle occurs when I shift it into gear, could it be the modules on the transmission?
Any other thoughts?
#33 of 405 Re: High Idle with 2000 Venture [poconosms1]
May 15, 2009 (3:04 pm)
Check engine light on?
I don't think its transmission sensor related in my opinion.
Sure sounds like it could be an air leak somewhere. I had a Check engine light that baffled me and my mechanic and after doing a little research I found that the wrong PCV valve had been installed and was the cause of the problem. A $ 5.00 part was the source of 2 weeks worth of headaches.
#34 of 405 Re: High Idle with 2000 Venture [442dude]
May 16, 2009 (4:39 am)
No check light - that's the confusing part, but for $5, I think I'll stop by a dealer. I did replace it when I did the IMG job.