Last post on Mar 09, 2010 at 5:19 PM
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#2 of 6 Re: 2003 Venture Van problem.. PLEASE HELP [kentuckymommy]
Feb 15, 2010 (8:20 am)
I would bet that the "rattling" you hear when you 1st start the car is nothing you have to worry about. Our Venture made a rattling sound at startup for most of the 100,000 that we owned it. The noise is under the hood, right? I think its just the valve lifters waiting for oil to get up to them - nothing to worry about as lots of Ventures make the exact same noise with no problems. You'll only hear it when the van has sat for a while...nothing to worry about.
Its also a good idea to check the tightness of the battery cables from time to time as they will tend to loosen from changes in temperature...Even better: buy a cheapo 5/16" wrench and throw it in the glove compartment - any time you have the problem you'll already have the tool available to tighten the battery cables if you need it.
Don't be freaked out - out Venture never stranded us once and even made it home one time when the battery froze and cracked (with a jump start of course). The Ventures were good vans and most have given good service well past 100,000 miles.
#3 of 6 Re: 2003 Venture Van problem.. PLEASE HELP [442dude]
Feb 15, 2010 (8:33 am)
The rattling is "piston slap" and is normal on these engines. Once it warms up the noise goes away. GM tried some things to quiet these but were a little unsuccessful. GM didn't put much more into it as it is for the most part harmless and does not shortened the life of the engine. My 99 Silhouette does it too and has 134K.
#4 of 6 Re: 2003 Venture Van problem.. PLEASE HELP [kentuckymommy]
Feb 28, 2010 (11:37 am)
We have a 2002 Venture with over 10000 miles on it that does that same rattle noise at startup...Im glad to know its normal...lol. had the same worry you have had.. Had no major worries with this van, just that simple things like alternator, thermestate are hard to get to and on our other vehical would be able to change ourselves,verses this van we need a mechanic.. had alot of issues with loose wires. sending out check engine signals and come to find out its just a loose wire, other than that its great.
#5 of 6 2003 Venture
Mar 09, 2010 (5:19 pm)
The advise given above is spot on!
I also have a 2003 (but not seven kids). Watch the temperature gauge carefully and don't ever let the van overheat. Whenever you have it in a mechanics hands have him check to see if the intake manifold gaskets are leaking. Most do. You may wish to have them replaced with aftermarket metal gaskets when you can afford it ---- good preventive maintenance.