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  • Hi,

    My husband is out of town and our van is acting funny and I'm not sure what to do. I started it this morning and the orange service engine soon light came on. I was able to take the kids to school, but the van seemed to be running slow. The windows are also slow going up and down. I called a mechanic and he said maybe the alternator. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Krista
  • Krista, My 2000 Venture van operated in this manner and it was indeed the alternator. It could also be the wire leading to the alternator but with the age of your van I am leaning toward a bad alternator. It is amazing how many strange symptoms can derive from a worn-out alternator. The price for this repair including the several hours labor time is about $600.00. The alternator is quite a tricky part to replace on these vans as are most parts and it's costs vary wildly. The best price that I found for this item ($175.00) was CarQuest; if there is one is in your neighborhood.
  • Thanks, I guess I'm almost hoping that it what it is. We call this van our "million dollar" van because of all the money we have put in to it. We don't have a Carquest around here, but we do have an Autosource and Autozone. I took it to the mechanic, should I look for the part myself for them to put in? This is a mechanic that we trust, so I'm not worried about being taken.

    Krista
  • I too have spent about $1,800 in my van this past year. You could call around just to see what price you can locate this part. Another problem I faced is that the alternator wasn't usually stocked by local stores and had to be ordered for a wait of up to three days. Locating a source who does have the part in stock will save you from being without the van for a long period of time. It is good to know you have a honest mechanic providing the repair. Good luck!
  • I have a 1999 Chevy Venture with electrical problems. When car brake is applied the left blinker flashes faster, also when car is in reverse brake filament of the bulbs dims and all other bulbs light up. When right blinker is on dashboard flasher indicator (left) lights up with brakes on. Also ABS lights goes on and off, seems to be only in reverse. Any suggestions on how to fix.
  • If you have a mechanic you trust, I would let him get the part. It just may not be the alternator. The little bit these independent shops add on to the part price helps keep them in business.
  • can some one please let me know where the power steering resevior is located i do not have a owner's manual??????
  • Open the hood and look towards the back of the engine, passengers side. The surpentine belt goes over the pulley. It will have a small cap on top(unscrew cap) and that's where you add fluid. Just make sure you don't over fill.
  • remove your rear tail lamp assy. ( both sides ) unplug connector look at terminals
    you will find a damaged or burned groung connector .. replace this or clean and
    repair .. this is a common problem HTH
  • Use an electronics parts cleaner on the connection, and use bulb grease on your bulbs, as well as the connector pins. It seems to help - the aluminum parts inside the brakelight assembly are prone to corrosion. The ground likes to heat up and melt, causing the same problem you are having. Mine got so flakey that my cruise stopped engaging - the cruise disengage is on the same circuit, and had the same effect as tapping the brake pedal.
  • The problem with most front drive cars is the lack of space under the hood. When talking about an alternator, this means tighter, lighter wieght windings, which wear out faster, and also drive up cost. Less space around the alternator also means less air to cool it down, also adding to wear and tear.

    I highly recommend having your mechanic order you the part - that way, if there is a problem with a rebuilt part (which is more likely than with a new part), the mechanic will normally cover your labor, as well as deal with warranty issues. If you order the part, you are liable for any labor involved! Trust me, with something as intricate and labor-intensive as the alternator, don't fool around.
  • good point.. I did that and I should have remembered to mention that :shades:
  • Can anyone tell me what i could try? I have no brake lights on my 99 venture. I have tried the bulb, fuse and pedal switch? thanks
  • wubswubs Posts: 1
    Is it complicated to remove the door panel? I have a dead speaker and am afraid to try taking off the door panel myself. One guy on another forum said just pull off the panel and remove the bolt holding the switch asembly and another one near the latch, but that isn't very descriptive to a rank amateur like me.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • My 98 Venture stalls intermittently. It usually happens when you are coming to a stop or rounding a corner. It starts immediatly and you can continue. this has been going on for about 2 years. sometimes it will not stall for months, then it will stall 3 times in one day. I have had it to the dealer twice for this problem and they say nothing is wrong with my van. Does anyone know the fix for this problem?
  • lou77lou77 Posts: 1
    The Tranmission on my Chevy Venture won't change after the first gear but after a few blocks when the engine heats up, then it changes normally.What could the problem be?. :confuse:
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    When did you last have the transmission serviced ? Suggest you take to a transmission specialist not a high street type. The filter may be dirty and fluid will only move when it is warm. Get new fluid and filter and cleaned out.

    I change mine every 35000 and I also put a transmission cooler on a coiuple of years ago and has been fine. Compared with the cost of a new one a good investment.
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 976
    Welcome to the Forums, Venture98! You might also want to ask about your problem in the Idle or Stalling Problems: All Vehicles discussion -- the folks there are likely to have some answers for you.

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  • sdb199sdb199 Posts: 1
    driving in rain last night ABS light camre on, lost power steering, engine began to over heat & battery began to die (lights dimmed etc.). Any ideas?
  • just4fun2just4fun2 Posts: 461
    Check your serpentine belt. The rain may have caused the belt to slip on the pulleys. Also check the belt tensioners if the belt is loose.
  • What does your local dealer charge for GM keyless entry remotes?

    My Chevy dealer wants $129 a piece plus $35 for programming for each of my vans (98, 02 Venture).
    I'm curious to see what other dealerships are charging for new remotes and programming.

    I'm done with ebay because the listings show new remotes, and 3 out of 3 times I've won - I end up with junk that doesn't work and won't program. First one was superglued together and cracked. Can't check the battery if you can't even open it. Second one was completely corroded inside from water and didn't work. The 3rd one only 1 button worked and it looked like someone tried to superglue the circuit board pieces back together. Each one was advertised as new, or like new and they obviously weren't anywhere close to that. The Keyles Ride site is run by one of those same lying ebay sellers, so thats off the list too.

    What does your local dealership charge? I bet there's some that want even more than what mine is charging.
  • I've had to have the gaskets replaced in my venture twice. :sick: The first time it was covered under my extended warranty and the only out of pocket expense to me was $25.00 deductible, but also did not include having to replace the entire engine. The most recent time was July of 2003, this time unfortunately wound up having to pay for a new engine. Total cost $4,400.00... :cry: I was over my extended warranty at the time by 1,000 miles, yet I hadn't surpassed the 6 years. Even so, GM wouldn't do anything for me. I was wondering, I read in several areas on this chat board that Chevy redesigned the gaskets in 2003 for all new models. So if you ask me, they are admitting there that there was a design flaw. Therefore I think that they should be covering the cost for everyone prior to 2003 who had to shell out lots of money for repairs due to their design flaw. Does anyone have the address to Chevy Headquarters so that I can start hounding them every week if need be to get them to at least reimburse me for half of my money. Any information whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.
  • cptpltcptplt Posts: 1,075
    have a 00 venture with 95K miles. had the infamous intake manifold gasket leak at 38K, fortunately had an ext warranty. I have head that the dexcool is like poison to the engine in these cars. I recently had to top up the coolant, no obvious external leaks. Had an oil analysis and no coolant in the oil but I'm worried something will happen to the engine again with another gasket going etc. Should I flush out the dexcool and put "regular" coolant in??? The dealer refuses to do it but I have an independent guy who looks after my other cars who will. He also said there was some tablet you can put into the dexcool which helps protects things, whats that about?? Also whats the general consensus on how often to change tranny fluid??
  • Seen message from someone else with same problem. Driver power lock will not lock the doors, will unlock . Any Ideas !! Redbeard
  • retcgretcg Posts: 2
    I have same problem on 2000, only mine will lock but not unlock

    Jim :lemon:
  • I found another site online that I'm willing to give a shot - www.ThePartsYouNeed.com

    The other KR site I mentioned before wants about $65 a piece with shipping for the 98 Venture remote.

    They're 1/2 that price on ThePartsYouNeed site with the instructions included. I ordered 1 this morning.

    https://www.thepartsyouneed.com/displayProductDocument.hg?productId=524

    I'll keep you guys posted. If it works good, I'm going to order one for my 02 as well.
  • I got my remote from ThePartsYouNeed.com in the mail today. 4 days isn't bad especially when one was a Sunday.

    Programming was easy, took about 10 seconds. I can't believe a dealership would charge 1/2 hour of labor for a 10 second job. Thats a good way to lose customers.

    Anyhow, the remote works great and when I went to put in an order for remote for the 02 I noticed I got free shipping, so I bought a 2nd remote for the 98 and a pair for the 02. FINALLY I will have remotes that work and that I can use.

    ThePartsYouNeed.com rocks! :D
  • OUR 97 VENTURE WITH ABOUT 110K MILES IS ONCE AGAIN CHUGGING RUNNING
    ROUGH AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. IT IS 1 OR MORE FUEL
    INJECTORS.

    I HAVE HAD OUR VAN IN TWICE AND THEY SUPPOSEDLY DID A PRESSURIZED
    FUEL SYSTEM CLEANING AND A NEW FUEL FILTER, THAT HEALED IT FOR A FEW
    MONTHS. THEY TOLD ME THOSE PARTICULAR INJECTORS ARE PRONE TO HAVE
    PROBLEMS AND CLOG EASILY.

    I HAVE RUN FUEL INJECTOR CLEANER THRU THE TANK 3 TIMES IN THE LAST
    FEW WEEKS AND THAT IS NOT GETTIN ER DONE.

    MY QUESTION IS:

    1. CAN I EASILY TAKE THE INJECTORS OUT AND BENCH CLEAN THEM SOMEHOW
    SO THEY WILL WORK MUCH BETTER.

    2. IF SO, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME THE PROCEDURE FOR RELIEVING THE FUEL
    PRESSURE, AND REMOVING A GIVEN FUEL INJECTOR, AND BENCH CLEANING IT
    (IF POSSIBLE)? IF NOT I NEED THE PRECEDURE TO REMOVE THEM ANYWAY
    BECAUSE I WILL LIKELY SEND THEM IN TO A CLEANING SERVICE OR PUT NEW
    ONES IN.

    THANKS

    4THSTOOGE
  • ts60423ts60423 Posts: 52
    My 00 Venture has over 200k miles on it. I have not had any leaks until last summer with the coolant. I never could figure out the location of the leak, but a mechanic spotted it - it was seeping out where the transmission line goes into the lower rear of the radiator. I used a bottle of Prestone radiator sealer and haven't had a drop since. The fluid was seeping out and evaporating on the hot radiator and tranny line. I also got rid of the Dexcool crap at about 60,000 miles and used green. The red was so full of mud it was goo in the bottom of the radiator. When the Universal fluid came out, I have used it ever since, cleaning it out every year or so, no problems.
    As far as the tranny goes, I had mine screwed up by an inept dealer thug. I had to replace it at about 150k miles. I just had it serviced after about 50k miles, and the mech said it was extremely dirty, and that is the nature of that series of tranny. I am looking into higher detergent fluids and additives, but I will not let it go longer than about 40,000 miles btween flush and filter change.
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