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#1 of 45 Problems with Chevy Venture Gauges
Dec 04, 2007 (2:34 pm)
We purchased a 2004 Chevy Venture 2 years
ago. I started experiencing problems with the temperature gauge about 5-6 mos. ago.
After replacing the thermostat,
we discovered that the gauge was sticking.
What I ended up doing was turning the ignition (not to fully turn over the
engine) but half way, then off.
I did this a few times and it dropped
the gauge to zero - problem solved. Now the speedometer is not working. I
was driving today and noticed that, while I know I
was doing at least 40 mph, the speedometer
showed 10 mph. Once I stopped and turned off
the engine and then turned it over and started
driving again, it somewhat fixed it, but it doesn't
seem to be working like it should. Anyone else having the same problems?
#2 of 45 fuel gauge not working
Apr 14, 2008 (9:09 am)
The fule gaguge is not reading correctly. It only moves sligthly from full to 3/4 full???
I was told the fuel pump and sending unit was about $500......
#3 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [dbatenburg]
Apr 14, 2008 (12:09 pm)
You were told correctly - unfortunately its a somewhat common problem...
I've heard that sometimes you can "fix" it by running Techron fuel additive in a few tankfuls in a row...I can't personally say yes or no, maybe I should try it and post back since mine does the same thing...that Techron stuff isn't cheap though...I'm just as content to reset the trip odometer and fill it up every 300 miles...
#4 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [dbatenburg]
Apr 14, 2008 (1:24 pm)
FIRST........ Check the harness plug that goes to the fuel pump/sender unit. The plug you want to check is located under the van about where the drivers seat is. The plug is a 9 or 10 pin plug. What went bad on mine was a couple terminals start shorting out and arcing giving you a bad connection.
Un-plug the plug and clean the terminals as best as you can with electric cleaner, rough up the terminal surface with a very small wire brush and clean again. Before you plug it back together put some eletric greese on each terminal.
I put in 4 fuel pumps/senders before I found this little gremlin.
#5 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [chases]
Apr 14, 2008 (7:26 pm)
I have a 2000 venture I just bought and the gas gauge is either full or empty. The car dealer assured me the problem was the fuel level sensor on the fuel pump, so I had it changed but it did not fix the problem. Do you think it could be the harness plug that was mentioned earlier? I really dont want to spend $400.00 on a fuel pump I already spent$120.00 on the sensor. Please help!
#6 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [travisg]
Apr 15, 2008 (4:52 am)
I have a 2000 Venture that does the same thing...I'm planning to check the harness plug when I get a chance...there are so many electrical gremlins in these things that I wouldn't be surprised...
Thanks to the poster for the great suggestion about the harness...I know enough about the Venture to help others with their problems and its so great to learn new stuff!!!!!
#7 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [travisg]
Apr 15, 2008 (8:16 pm)
I tried cleaning the harness plug after I have changed the fuel level sensor and am still having the same problem. Is there any thing else I can try other than replacing the fuel pump? It sounds like this is a common problem can someone please tell me a sure fix? Thanks
#8 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [travisg]
Apr 16, 2008 (1:39 pm)
After changing the fuel level sensor , cleaning the harness plug, I tried the Techron fuel additive and almost immediately my gas gauge started to move. It was always either full or empty now it seems to be reading correctly. Who would have thought it would work! I wish I would have tried it sooner I would have saved some money! Give it a try .I will keep you posted.
#9 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [travisg]
Apr 16, 2008 (4:07 pm)
As I understand it...the science behind it is that the fuel causes "varnish" on the level sensor and the Techron dissolves it...It was my post and I've never even tried it, only read about it.....headed to the auto parts store tomorrow....lets keep the rest of the world posted as to how we do !!!
#10 of 45 Re: fuel gauge not working [442dude]
Apr 16, 2008 (9:31 pm)
Just thought I would let you know that Walmart has the Techron additive and it is only like 4 something a bottle . Probably a lot cheaper than a parts store , hope you have success!