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#1 of 91 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story
Apr 24, 2007 (1:54 pm)
Okay, get this. I had my back oil pan gaskets fixed, water pump replaced and new radiator put on. (Mechanic claimed that when he was tightening up hoses, the radiator tray fell & broke therefore I had to have the radiator replaced at my cost!) Now the, "Service Engine soon" light is on. I have a 1999 chevy venture. I took the van to have it checked at "Autozone" (for free) and the said it was registering a 4; meaning I either have a cracked hose (which they were also replaced by mechanic) or the seal on my gas tank top was broke. I replaced the gas tank top & the light is still on.Also, I had the brakes replaced in the front, one of the axels was broke off, according to "Brake Check." What a nightmare! I have only had the van for 9 months. My sister bought it as a gift for me but with no warranty. An, "AS IS" type of deal for less than 9 grand. Any mechanics out there that might have some advice? I am so upset. I just paid a total of 3 grand to have the above replaced & fixed and now the engine light is on. I am on a fixed income and the sole provider for my family with one vehicle....this piece of junk! HELP!!!!
#2 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [sharkeym]
Apr 28, 2007 (8:26 pm)
Was the "check engine" light on before the repairs?
OH and there are 2 check engine lights on these cars, one is for the oil change.
#3 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [godster]
May 01, 2007 (7:17 am)
No, the engine light came on a week or 2 after I had the repairs done to the van. The light comes off & on. Right now it has turned itself off.
#4 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [sharkeym]
Jun 29, 2007 (3:01 pm)
The check engine light (AKA service engine soon) light should not be ignored but as a rule of thumb always have it checked out ASAP. With the radiator repair, was the wiring harness properly re-installed meaning off of the top of the radiator and away from the fans??? I just had to have my Venture rewired because the harness clip that holds the wiring harness broke and the harness fell into the fan. It ran fine but no check engine light at all even at start up, I didn't realize this until I failed emissions inspection and there were several codes. Please at least take a look at the harness to see if it is supported properly. If not have it looked at but not a dealership. They wont "repair" a harness they will replace it at a quoted cost of $600.00 and up. Good luck.
#5 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [godster]
Jul 14, 2007 (7:19 am)
hey this sound like my van.....
after i bought mine like 3 weeks after i had it the check engine light would come on stay on for about a couple hours the i noticed it really didn't have lots of power and when i give it gas it would act like it was bout to shut off so i brung it into my job we scan'd it for the fault codes and it came back as a dirty air filter....
got a new one and it still did the same thing so i did a re scan and it come back with the fault for a cyl misfire . ggrrrrrrrrrr .... then i sent it to team in vallejo come to find out it was a fuc*ing mass air flow sensor and now it runs like new after 500.00 .
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The check engine light will come on for the smallest things also.. as per:
Dirty Air filter
Loose Gas Cap
i hope this was helpful for you
#6 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [tattooedflesh]
Aug 02, 2007 (4:30 pm)
We have had this issue in 1999 Chevy Venture for about last 4 years. Fuel injectors are our problem. When the light comes on, we add a fuel additive for about $10 that cleans the injectors. Wait a few gas tanks and the light will go out. Sometimes if very badly gunked up injectors, we will add two bottles of additive....This is all a whole lot cheaper than the fuel injector cleaning we did the first time for about $200......hope this helps you..
#7 of 91 Re: 1999 Chevy Venture, a scary story [demonfatcat]
Sep 28, 2007 (11:40 pm)
As time goes on I am starting to believe that it is not worth trying to save money by avoiding dealership service and repairs. Modern vehicles are getting too complicated for general repairmen to keep up with all the brands. And if you have to sue the manufacturer it is probably easier if a dealer did all the work.
#9 of 91 venture cylinder #5 misfire
Oct 02, 2007 (8:41 pm)
Hi, guys. I'm new here but I'm hoping someone will help me with my Venture '98.
It all started about a month ago with a P0302 and a camshaft sensor fault codes.The van was running rough and barely stayed alive at idle. Long story short, I fought with it and replaced the CS sensor and spark plugs and wires.It ran fine for about 3 weeks until last week when it started with this Cylinder no. 5 misfire code.It is running like on 5 cyl. instead of 6, no backfire though.When I had the cyl. 2 misfire , just changing the spark plug seemed to make the difference.Unfortunately I would have to rotate the engine again to get to no.5.I remember I really made sure all plugs and wires on the back side were fitted perfectly, knowing that it would be tough getting to them again.
Today I checked the air filter and it was not blocked or dirty; also did a vacuum test and came up with perfect results, which is kind of weird considering how rough it's running...
Anybody have any ideas where I should go from here? Thanks in advance for any help...
#10 of 91 error code P0131
Jan 04, 2008 (7:54 pm)
Wife hit a curb...Check Engine Light came on...I rechecked the O2 sensors (just replaced within 5 mos) and mechanic checked O2 and said it was fine...They think it is ECM/PCM. Any thoughts or am I out $500 when I have to go get an emissions test to replace?